Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk is now the head of Twitter, the social media platform he recently purchased for $44 billion. Many Twitter users, advertisers, and employees are uncertain about what direction Musk plans on taking the company. In his first week, several top Twitter executives were fired and widespread layoffs began.
“I DO NOT ALLOW @elonmusk or any other Elon related person to use my photos, information, messages or tweets, both in the past and in the future.
This statement I inform $TWTR that it is strictly prohibited to disclose, copy, distribute or take any other action against me based on this account and / or its contents. This account content is private and confidential information.
Violation of my personal life may be punished by law.
NOTE: TWTR will soon be a private organization. All participants should post a note like this.
If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version.
If you don’t publish a disclaimer at least once, you’ll automatically allow the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your tweets and private messages.”
Will posting a copy-and-paste message stop Twitter from collecting your data?
No, posting a copy-and-paste message will not stop Twitter from collecting your data.
WHAT WE FOUND
Posting a copy-and-paste chain message to your Twitter profile will not change how the social media platform uses your data. Attorney Amy Loftsgordon explained in a blog post on Nolo, an online legal guide, that privacy policies posted on social media platforms, such as Twitter, typically determine a person’s privacy rights concerning the personal data the company collects from its users.
When a person becomes a Twitter user, they consent to abide by the company’s Terms of Service as soon as they create an account. In doing so, a user must provide certain information, such as a display name, username, password, date of birth, email address, and phone number.
Twitter also tracks when a person uses direct messages, including the contents of the messages, the recipients, and the date and time the messages were sent. It also collects information about a person’s identity, their approximate location and the device they use to access the social media platform.
In terms of the content a user posts on the platform, the Terms of Service spells out that by submitting, posting, or displaying content on Twitter, the company is granted a “worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license” to use, publish and distribute such content in any way the company chooses after it has been posted.
Twitter is legally bound to abide by its terms of service and data policy. It cannot change those policies without announcing them and making them clear to its users. The company also has to follow international data privacy laws, as well as laws in the U.S.
VERIFY reached out to Twitter for comment but did not hear back by the time of publication.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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