Thursday, May 23, 2024

Twitter Introduces New Feature: Tweet Viewing Restricted to Logged-In Users, Elon Musk Raises Concerns about Data Privacy

Twitter continues to evolve with regular updates and rule changes to enhance user experience. The latest change, implemented on Friday, requires users to log in to view tweets. This means that creating a Twitter account is now necessary to access tweet content. Elon Musk has referred to this measure as a temporary emergency action in response to data privacy concerns.

Musk expresses concerns over data privacy

Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, expressed his dissatisfaction with the significant exploitation of user data, deeming it disrespectful to ordinary users. Musk has previously voiced his discontent with various platforms, including OpenAI. He highlighted the practice of platforms utilizing user data to train their linguistic models. It is worth mentioning that Twitter has recently started charging third-party apps and researchers for their application programming interfaces.


In an effort to regain advertisers who left the platform and boost subscription revenue, Twitter has implemented several strategies. This includes incorporating verification check marks into the Twitter Blue program.

High Court delivers a blow to Twitter

The Karnataka High Court dismissed Twitter’s plea challenging ten blocking orders issued by the central government between February 2021 and 2022. These orders required the social media giant to remove 39 URLs. The court stated that Twitter, being a billionaire company, is not an ordinary citizen or a farmer unfamiliar with the law.

Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav commented on the court’s decision, asserting that the law of the country must be followed and implying support for the government’s actions.


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