If you don’t like Twitter’s policies, delete your account. Elon Musk never ceases to amaze
Twitter has attracted the attention of European data protection regulators due to user complaints.
Elon Musk made a real revolution, but unfortunately not a very positive one
After taking over the social platform with the blue bird logo, the company experienced huge changes. Musk immediately cut large swaths of staff, leaving many departments severely understaffed and staffing voids, which turned into too many things to keep under control. As it turns out, one of them is user privacy.
Private messages on Twitter are not the best option because (besides the fact that they perform extremely poorly), they are not end-to-end encrypted. Therefore, most users have turned to Twitter, asking to delete all messages from their account, but it is not so simple. last year’s allegations against the social media suggest that Twitter may not even have the ability to delete the data it collects.
People are asking for posts to be deleted, and Twitter… doesn’t care
TechCrunch has learned from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) that they are contacting Twitter after a growing number of users complained about the social platform ignoring requests to delete private messages. The ICO’s position was as follows.
The ICO is speaking to Twitter’s data protection officer and continues to assess the potential data protection impact of any changes to the company and its online services.
Instead, the DPC adds:
We can confirm that we have received several complaints regarding this and are currently working with Twitter on this matter.
How does Twitter respond to requests to delete messages?
At the same time, TechCrunch learned that all the people who ask Twitter to remove DMs get … information that they can deactivate their Twitter account at any time, which of course leads to removal. If that wasn’t enough, they also get a full guide on how to delete their account. The content of the letter is as follows.
You can deactivate your account at any time. Once deactivated, your Twitter account, including your display name, username, and public profile, will no longer be visible on Twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, and Twitter for Android.
By the way, Twitter informs that within 30 days from the moment of deactivation, you can reverse your decision if someone did it “accidentally”. It’s hard not to feel the irony of it all. Also of note, the user also gets a warning that “search engines and other third parties may still keep copies of your public information” even after we’ve deactivated the account.
Twitter continues to avoid answering the question directly
The problem, however, is that the user’s email responses do not respond to the main request and the email does not respond. to the whole point of the letter. The answer is evasive and just leads to a solution that just doesn’t make sense. Despite this, every user has the right to request the deletion of their personal data, which is why regulators have decided to take care of it. Moreover, the company does not provide the function of self-deletion of data from messages sent from its servers. If we delete the DM ourselves, the information is only deleted from our own account.
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