Twitter utilizes its users’ email addresses and phone numbers for advertising


Twitter issued an apology yesterday for ‘unintentionally’ using its user’s email addresses and phone numbers for advertising purposes. The social media giant said that the issue was caused accidentally due to a technical error and was never pre-determined.


Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that the error occurred on Sept 17th, 2019 when twitter’s user database loaded with their email IDs and phone numbers were exposed to its advertising partners’ marketing lists. How this discrepancy took place is yet to be known. But the Jack Dorsey led company has issued an apology on a sincere note yesterday.


Note 1– The email ids and phone numbers stored on the twitter database are meant to offer 2FA services- all as a part of Multi-Factor security authentication measures meant to keep the user info secure and safe from hackers and prying eyes.


Note 2– Last month, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked by hackers who later posted some blasphemy content to his followers through tweets posted via text.


Note 3– In May’18; twitter announced that some of the passwords related to its users were exposed due to a bug that probably exposed the data in plain text to hackers. And so it urged all its 330 million users to change their passwords respectively.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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