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Another social media fail exposed your private data

Are you still active on social media, even after all the privacy leaks we’ve learned about recently?

Facebook has been the biggest offender up to this point. This is why you need to change these Facebook settings if you’re still using the site.

But another social media platform just admitted to exposing data that was supposed to be private. Is it time to call it quits with social media?

Did Twitter expose your private posts?

Earlier this week, Twitter warned members that there’s been an issue with protected Tweets on Twitter for Android gadget owners. Did you even know there was such a thing as protected Tweets? Well, there is.

When you create a Twitter account, all of your Tweets are set to public by default. However, you can change that. Just go into your Twitter settings under Privacy and safety and turn on the Protect your Tweets option.

According to Twitter, “If you protect your Tweets, you’ll receive a request when new people want to follow you, which you can approve or deny. Accounts that began following you before you protected your Tweets will still be able to view and interact with your protected Tweets unless you block them.”

Basically, this means if you post a Tweet, the only people who can see it are those who are “following” your Twitter account. At least that’s what is supposed to be happening.

Now, something has gone wrong for some Android users. If you’ve made certain changes to your Twitter account settings, such as changing the email address associated with your account, the Protect your Tweets setting may have been disabled by mistake.

Even worse, it’s been going on for years. If you made changes to your Twitter settings between Nov. 3, 2014, and Jan. 14, 2019, you may be impacted. People on iOS or the web were not affected.

How to fix Twitter’s privacy breach

Twitter said it has informed people it knows were affected by the issue and turned the Protect your Tweets setting back on for them. However, it hasn’t been able to confirm every impacted account.

So if you have an Android device and want your Tweets protected, go into your Twitter settings and make sure it’s on. It’s a simple process. Just follow these steps:

  • Open the Twitter app
  • Tap your account image in the upper left corner
  • Tap Settings and privacy
  • Tap Privacy and safety
  • Toggle the switch next to Protect you Tweets to the right

Bonus: Facebook’s privacy scandal affects you like you never imagined

Facebook’s scandal gets worse as more details emerge about how they tracked you like you never knew before.

In this Komando on Demand podcast, Kim talks to some of the leading technology and data breach attorneys, John Yanchunis and Steven Teppler, about what’s in store for Facebook and also what we can do to protect ourselves in this age of dwindling privacy.

It’s become clear that your information is the currency of the 21st century. Have we lost trust in Facebook?

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