Undercover Video of Twitter Employees Proves Twitter Isn't Private. At All.
If you're the kind of person who rages at Facebook for sharing your life with other companies, then continues to share your private life on Facebook, this new Project Veritas' video on Twitter is for you. Pop your knuckles. Warm up the keyboard. Prepare to shitpost like Facebook has changed its Wall formatting again.
Newsflash: social media isn't private. If you're concerned with your privacy rights, get off social media. And don't send pictures of your genitals.
From Project Veritas' site:
Project Veritas has released undercover footage of Twitter Engineers and employees admitting that Twitter employees view all of your private messages on their servers and analyze it to create a “virtual profile” of you which they sell to advertisers.
The footage features four current Twitter software engineers–Conrado Miranda, Clay Haynes, Pranay Singh, and Mihai Alexandru Florea.
My degree is in English, not Business or Law. Which means I'm perfectly qualified to opine on the overall theme of the content presented (there's no challenge in finding phallic symbology, it's plain as an unsheathed sword), but cannot say whether or not what Twitter is doing is illegal. In fact, to my motif-spotting eyes, nothing here is illegal. Twitter is gathering information through your conversations -- of which you're participating in freely, and for free, most likely -- on their private platform. Twitter is then making up some of their usage cost by packaging up the information they've gleaned from you and selling it.
You don't have to like it. But I don't think it's illegal.
As for the policing of dick picks, that's a duh. If you're going to send your junk digitally, someone running the digital service from which you're mailing your anatomy is going to see your Mini-Me. Also please don't send your junk. Guys, I can't think of any lady who says "I really love it when a man sends me a crotch shot of his flaccid (or erect) man-member." Send more poetry, less photojournalism of the one-eyed cobra. I can't speak for TEH GAYZ, obviously.
It's also kind of a nice thought that Twitter, or any social media outlet, is training its legion of bots to recognize "this be an unbridled penis that may have slithered into a DM or tweet uninvited."
So I'm not going to flag Twitter for that.
Really, my takeaway from this latest Project Veritas video is a simple one: Don't be an oversharing moron on a social media platform that admits it's not wholly private about your privates, and which doesn't look fondly upon people who aren't liberal. Fair?
Twitter is not a public utility (at this time). It's not your photos texting/data plan (for which you pay and have a reasonable expectation of privacy). Turning Twitter into a public utility is a conversation we can have. But for now, they're not a public utility. So it's not fair to compare your texting/data plan on your phone to that of Twitter or any social media platform offering its services to you for free. In my opinion.