A lawsuit has been filed against Twitter, claiming that, the instant messaging service, secretly eavesdrops on its user’s private Direct Message communications.
Law firm Edelson PC has filed the lawsuit and brought by a resident of Texas, Wilford Raney, in a San Francisco federal court seeks a class action status and wants $100 a day for each user whose privacy was disrupted.
According to the objection, as soon as a user sends a Direct Message, Twitter intercepts, read out the content, and, even modifies the message at times. For instance, a user wrote a Direct Message and include a hyperlink. If a link to a website such as www.ghanalive.tv is included by the user, Twitter’s system will read through the Direct Message, detect the hyperlink, and substitute it with its own custom link, thus when the receiver of the message clicks on the link it will take them to Twitter’s analytics servers before redirecting them to original website.
According to the lawsuit, this interference, is a violation of the California’s privacy law and US’ Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
However, Twitter believes these claims are baseless and the company is going to fight them.
Another lawsuit was filed against Twitter previously for its policies for women workforce, after which the company announced last month that it is going to diversify its workforce by hiring more women.
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