Twitter this week admitted it had “inadvertently” used users’ phone numbers and emails – provided for 2FA security purposes – to help serve targeted ads.
In an undated notice tucked away on its help centre page, Twitter said “we cannot say with certainty how many people were impacted by this”.
Twitter 2FA Apology: Follows Facebook’s Fine
The company is the latest social media platform to be caught deploying users’ personal details for purposes they have not explicitly agreed to.
Facebook was hit with a record $5 billion fine by the US’s FTC in July for privacy abuses that included exactly the same thing. As