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Twitter Wants to Know What Other Apps You’re Using

by Jacob Kleinman | November 28, 2014November 28, 2014 7:00 am PDT

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Has Twitter overstepped with its latest mobile update? The company recently announced plans to scan your smartphone to see what other apps you have installed with a new “feature” called “app graph,” though you can always turn off the new feature if it makes you uncomfortable.

Twitter revealed “app graph” in an update to its Help Center, explaining that the goal is to serve up more relevant suggestions and sponsored tweets. For example, if you have a lot of sports apps installed, Twitter may use that information to recommend you follow a certain player’s account. The company says it will also use the new data to add “tweets, accounts, or other content to your timeline that we think you’ll find especially interesting.”

Once the new feature goes live, you’ll receive a notification letting you know “app graph” is in effect. At that point, turning it off should be pretty easy on either Android or iOS, where you’ll be able to toggle a new privacy setting called “Tailor Twitter based on my apps.”

Of course, Twitter isn’t the only company that’s snooping on your smartphone. Plenty of other apps do the same thing—or worse—and at least Twitter is making it easy to turn its app graph off.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...