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Meta’s Threads App Faces Criticism Over Privacy Policy

Meta's Threads App Faces Criticism Over Privacy Policy

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has launched its new social media app called Threads, but it is already drawing criticism for its privacy policy. With Meta’s history of privacy breaches and leaks, concerns are being raised about the extent of data collection by the app.

Extensive Data Tracking

According to the Threads Supplemental Privacy Policy, the app tracks various types of user data, including profile information, user activity, followers, third-party service data, and app/browser/device information. However, the data available to Threads goes even further, with details such as sexual orientation, credit scores, and health and fitness information being collected.

Image showing different types of user data being tracked by threads app highlighting the extensive data collection mentioned in the article.
Screenshot showcasing different types of user data being tracked by threads app

Privacy Concerns and Comparison with Twitter

While Threads’ data collection may seem excessive for a Twitter clone, it is in line with other Meta apps like Facebook and Instagram. In contrast, Twitter collects far less data and does not share any of it with third-party services. This has prompted criticism from figures like Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey, who have spoken out against Threads’ privacy policy.

Meta’s Troubled Privacy History

Meta’s track record on privacy has been marred by several incidents. Earlier this year, the company was fined $1.3 billion for violating the EU’s data privacy rules, delaying Threads’ launch in the EU. Additionally, the infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed the misuse of user data for political purposes and scams.

Despite these concerns, Threads has gained a significant user base, with 30 million users joining on the first day. However, it raises questions about users’ willingness to entrust their data to Meta, given its history.

As the discussion around Threads’ privacy policy continues, users and privacy advocates are closely monitoring the app’s data practices and its implications for user privacy in the digital age.

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Gangtokian Web Team, 07/07/23

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