Social media platform Twitter has agreed to pay $150 million (about 140 million euros) to settle a privacy lawsuit. This is reported by US authorities. Twitter thus avoids being prosecuted for providing users’ contact details to advertisers.
Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of users are stored by Twitter. This is depending on the platform to secure access to their accounts. This approach in itself is not unusual for online service providers.
But according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice, the social media company then sells this data to advertisers. These can then show users personalized advertisements.
Between May 2013 and September 2019, more than 140 million users shared their phone numbers or email addresses with Twitter, the FTC said.