Twitter to track the list of apps installed on your mobile device

Himanshu Arora

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Twitter has announced that it will begin tracking the list of apps installed on your mobile device, a move the company says will help it build a more personal experience for you on the microblogging service.

According to the company, it will not collect any data within the applications, only the list of installed apps, and the collected information, or app graph, as the company is calling it, will be used for things like improved “who to follow” suggestions, adding tweets, accounts, or other content to your timeline that the company thinks you'll find especially interesting, and showing you more relevant promoted content.

"We are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in," Twitter said in a blog post.

The company says it will notify you about this feature being turned on for your account by showing a prompt letting you know that to help tailor your experience, Twitter uses the apps on your device.

If you aren't interested in having your app list being tracked, Twitter offers easy instructions on how to turn the feature off: Android users will have to tap the overflow icon followed by Settings and the account they’d like to adjust, then under Other, they can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Similarly, iOS users can turn off the feature by tapping the gear icon present in the Me tab, followed by Settings and the account they’d like to adjust, then under Privacy, they can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Additionally, you can also disable the feature by activating the Limit Ad Tracking or Opt out of interest-based ads settings on Apple or Android devices, respectively.

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Makes me glad I never signed up for Twitter.
Don't panic, there's still plenty of time to do it. I have an account but I never use it and I don't have the app installed on any devices, this applies to FB as well. Social networking is not my thing, trolling this site is about the closest I come to it. :D


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I don't even use Twitter :)
My only concern with the way it's implemented is that Twitter might already have retrieved the list of apps on your mobile device before you can opt out of it. A simple yes/no question before the feature is enabled would be preferable and more clear.


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So that's why they updated their needed permissions. It's why I don't have the latest twitter update on my phone, it was asking for the microphone and camera access which I do not want to give them. I will keep using the old version until it stops working, and then I'll uninstall it and just use the computer. Same goes on with fb messenger, I don't have it installed at all because of the permissions the app "needs".


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"more personal experience for you..." - which in reality means more personalized advertisement. Seriously, who really wants that? -time to root my phone and uninstall Twitter too...


Twitter has become essential in Hong Kong for English speakers - only way yo get true news as the Gov here is taking more and more control. But I just deleted the app from my phone. If I get arrested, they'd sieze my phone. This would be far worse than just tracking my apps for ads. Twitter needs to beef up secuirty, not do app tracking ****. Way wrong move.