Does Twitter Save and Sell Our Data?
Many people who use this social media messaging application wonder, does Twitter save and sell our data? Yes. The answer is yes. They do save your data and then sell it. All of it. Every post and every comment, every Tweet, every reTweet, every reTweeted reTweet, and every reTweeted reTweeted reTweet. Did you block a heckling troll last week? Twitter sold that. Did you comment how much you loved jelly beans last summer? Twitter sold that too. Maybe you posted a picture of yourself upside down on a tricycle eating marshmallows while whistling Dixie, Twitter sold that picture, and they will sell every picture you post after it.
Of all the social media apps currently available online, however, Twitter is the hero because they actually went ahead and deleted thousands of fake, abusive, and non-active accounts. This left a few celebrities feeling a little less popular, but it sure cleared out the debris. This was a bold move on Twitter’s part. Getting rid of those accounts will pull their subscriber numbers down for a while, but it will make the app a whole lot more enjoyable for active users. Twitter, regardless of this, does sell all of our data, including our contact information and images. You can delete a Tweet, but keep in mind that even deleted Tweets get indexed, sometimes archived, and often screenshot, so if you’re famous, you might want to keep that trigger finger taped down until you get good control of it. You can keep up to 3,200 tweets, after that amount they are removed from the server.
Twitter doesn’t store old data but they do sell our your current data. About half of their income comes from selling our personal information and the rest comes from advertisements pushed into our feeds. And the Tweets just keep on coming. Companies like Oracle purchase the information. So do data brokers. Salesforce also purchases Twitter data, as does IBM. Keeping that in mind, many people set up accounts that are active, but not associated to them personally. Many people have multiple accounts, and, of course, PR firms for political parties and celebrities hire people to create troll accounts to place strategic posts around various feeds, and pay them to quarrel with people who make negative comments about their clients. Smoke and mirrors. If a Twitter account seems to have an overinflated number of followers, it’s a given that many of them are PR bots or paid followers. One paid follower can probably maintain twenty or more different accounts for one or more celebrity. Also, many Twitter accounts of the famous or almost famous are run by assistants or firms. In other words, the Tweets you read that you think are posted by your favorite singer, author, actor or writer, are probably not even posted by them. Someone either they hired or their PR firm hired does all their Tweeting. The opinions and climate of the Tweets, though, come directly from the person, so they pass on their feelings about a certain topic. Some actually post themselves. For instance, there is a great debate that Donald Trump was Tweeting his own posts for some time before and during his political campaign. Currently, it appears as though he simply passes on his opinion and others post for him.
A backlash result of all this data gathering being done by Twitter and others is that our personal information ends up online. Various websites purchase data from data brokers and use it to create background check or people finder sites. If you find your name and address are online, contact an internet removal service who can show you how to remove your information from the internet. They can also delete information and remove your address from the internet.