Twitter admits it provided security phone numbers and emails for advertising

Twitter: No, really, we're very sorry we sold your security info for a boatload of cash

Twitter users may have been "matched" to advertiser marketing lists based on the phone and email information provided for "two-step authentication", a security feature that requires a user provide additional credentials beyond the typical email and password before they can log in.

"We can not say with certainty how many people were impacted by this, but in an effort to be transparent, we wanted to make everyone aware", the company said in a short statement posted on its website.

Twitter has revealed it used email addresses and phone numbers provided by users for account safety and security purposes to tailor advertisements.

Twitter said that personal data may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes, but has ensured users that it is making a mistake like this doesn't happen again. Twitter did not disclose the number of users affected in either instance.

Twitter announced that the phone numbers and email addresses of some users provided for two-factor authentication (2FA) protection had been used for targeted advertising purposes-though the company said it was 'unintentional'.

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The issue was fixed in mid-September, Twitter said. "This was an error", Twitter said.

Twitter is the latest to join the club after it confirmed it was conducting targeted advertising using phone numbers provided for two-factor authentication. "We can not say with certainty how many people were impacted by this, but in an effort to be transparent, we wanted to make everyone aware", Twitter wrote.

We're very sorry this happened and are taking steps to make sure we don't make a mistake like this again.

This isn't likely to go over well with critics when Facebook caught flak just over a year earlier for using phone numbers for ad targeting.

The Partner Audiences advertising system, on the other hand, makes it possible for advertisers to target users from lists provided by third-party partners. "We are clear about how we use the information we collect, including the contact information that people upload or add to their own accounts".

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