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Some Twitter Users Are Starting to See Ad Push Notifications

by Brandon Russell | September 13, 2013September 13, 2013 8:00 pm PST


A number of Twitter users this week began complaining that the social network was spamming them with ad push notifications. First noted by BuzzFeed’s John Herrman, the notifications were apparently being pushed to users without that user ever being mentioned in the Tweet. Herrman shared a screenshot of a DropBox ad that was pushed straight to his home screen. Is this the future of mobile Twitter?

According to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, the social network isn’t planning on pushing out ads notifications to user devices and, in fact, the issue was just a bug. Herrman isn’t the only one who experienced the issue, however, and some have even noted it’s been going on for a few days now. Apparently, the problem arose because of a “content surfacing experiment that’s gone astray.”

Just yesterday, Twitter announced the company is planning to go public, so the timing of the bug isn’t all that great. Luckily, it doesn’t appear the social networking is about to start shoving ads down user throats; hopefully the bug will get smoothed over soon.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.