Twitter is reportedly considering selling user data, which would violate Apple’s App Store rules

To prevent Twitter from losing extra money, Elon Musk launched Twitter Blue, a service for which users of the app have to pay a monthly fee. However, Musk may have more plans to make the microblogging social network a profitable business, the latest of which is a controversial decision; Forcing users to share their data, which is a direct violation of Apple’s App Store rules.

Twitter currently allows users to opt out of personalized ads, but this may change in the near future

New information posted by Platformer (via Business Insider) states that users will be presented with a full-screen notification, and they can’t skip this step if they want to continue using the service. Currently, like Facebook and Google, Twitter allows users to opt out of tracking, but that may be a thing of the past.

People familiar with Twitter’s plans say the change will initially be rolled out to about 1 percent of Americans to see how they respond before it’s expanded to everyone who uses the app. Perhaps the only way to avoid this hurdle is to subscribe to Twitter Blue, but that means paying $8 per month or $11 if you’re an iPhone user.

Twitter reportedly wants users to aggressively give up their data because Twitter Blue won’t stop the company from losing money, as it’s estimated to cost the company $6 in revenue per subscriber. Even if Musk can roll out this change, we haven’t touched that forcefully consenting to users having their data sold and allowing the service to be tracked for them is a direct violation of Apple’s App Store rules.

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According to Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, users cannot be allowed to use an app or service for the purpose of tracking. Based on this information, Twitter is violating the guidelines, and may force Apple to remove the app from its store.

(6) Apps should allow the user to get what they paid for without performing additional tasks, such as posting to social media, uploading contacts, checking in to the app a certain number of times, etc. Apps should not ask users to rate the app , review the App, watch videos, download other apps, click on ads, enable tracking, or take other similar actions in order to access functionality, content, use the App, or receive monetary or other compensation, Including but not limited to gift cards and codes.

Assuming Apple removes Twitter from the App Store, as per a mandate from the European Union, the app can be found back on the platform through third-party alternatives, but that is if it has been removed. Right now, Twitter is reconciling additional cost cuts, including not paying severance packages to laid-off employees. In short, there are problems looming ahead, but we’ll continue to see how that plays out.

News source: Minhaj

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