Will Going Public Diminish Privacy on Twitter?
SOCIAL NETWORKINGSeptember 16, 2013
News that microblogging site Twitter plans to go public has prompted some to ask whether certain privacy functions on the site will have to go by the wayside to help generate revenue. Blouin News reports the company plans to exact a $15 billion IPO on $500 million of revenue and, to help boost its bottom line, Twitter may have to do away with its Do-Not-Track option. The report also questions whether Twitter may cease publishing its transparency reports and how much it will comply with foreign government requests to remove or share user data. “As the social media company executes its plans to expand abroad,” the report states, “it has much less of an incentive to get into spats with foreign governments over user data.”