Old tweets reveal hidden secrets

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Offline Bugbatter

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Old tweets reveal hidden secrets
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:09:43 PM »
Researchers from the Foundation for Research and Technology in Greece and the University of Illinois found all this out after writing a tool called LPAuditor. The software mines publicly available tweet data that anyone can download from Twitter via its application programming interface (API).

Using the tool, they analyzed the metadata – hidden information about a tweet embedded in the post – to identify users’ homes, workplaces and sensitive places that they visited. In dozens of cases, they were also able to identify the users behind anonymous Twitter accounts.


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Re: Old tweets reveal hidden secrets
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2019, 04:11:36 PM »
Privacy is one of the reasons I never used social media. Although I have a twitter account, I seldom use it....there are two tweets, one of which is when I attempted to raise some legal funds for my involvement in the BC lawsuit a couple years ago.

 I saw the writing on the wall and opted to be a ghost. Between the government and social media, they know everything about most of us.
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Re: Old tweets reveal hidden secrets
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2019, 06:16:17 AM »

  I joined one once & a relative  promptly plastered my unwanted photograph all over the site.
  I do not feel the need for them  & am happy to be left minus such contact.