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.