Is Twitter invasive and keeping an eye on the apps installed on users’ smartphones?

Social media network Twitter has recently added a new feature on its fold which is dubbed as “app graph,”  and built to gather information on what other apps that users had installed on their mobile device.

Twitter had just confirmed on its website that, “to help build a more personal Twitter experience for you, we are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in.”

Twitter avers that the data the social media has gathered will aid in whipping up tailored experience for Twitter users and that it does not gather data stored within third party apps, but monitors which apps the users had installed on their handsets.

If you feel like Twitter is invading your privacy or you simply don’t like the new feature you can actually deactivate it right away. To turn off the feature, you may select “Tailor Twitter based on my apps” in the Settings and then opt for “Other” using an Android phone or “Privacy” using an iPhone.

The new feature created buzz since it was launched but users can easily switch it off.

It seems like Twitter is on a scouting mode, or should I say on a “data mining” spree and has just  signified its intention of mixing it up with the other big guns in the industry.


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