Twitter, one of the leading news and social media networks, has warned programmers who mine data from Twitter to stop their activities or face serious consequences. Authorities may still gather data by requesting for information from Twitter or by reading all Tweets one by one to get whatever data they need.
The website is used by the public to air their thoughts, concerns, grievances, and opinions and they might inhibit from doing so if they fear that their tweets might endanger their freedom of expression, according to Twitter officials. The influence of tweets lies on the fact that posts of 140 words can easily spread to millions of Twitter users in a very short period of time. In fact, Donald Trump's victory in the recently held US presidential elections was attributed to Twitter.
Every day, millions of tweets are posted from which vital information can be gathered. Those engage in online marketing may use tweets regarding products and services to identify potential products and services that the public would want and Twitter allows this use.
However, social media networks reacted violently to certain software called Geofeedia, which was used by the police to identify protesters against the killing of a black man in Baltimore in 2015, according to The Verge.
It was presumed that the data were collected by both professional and amateur data miners who sell the information to interested parties. However, Twitter requires the buyer to divulge how the data will be used. Because of this measure, it was presumed that guidelines were followed.
It seems that Twitter and developers do not have a single view as to how data gathered from the tweets should be used, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.
The company further reiterated its stand against using information gathered from Twitter to track down people involved in protest rallies and activist activities.