Many authors who boost their platform through participation in online networking would be familiar with the publicity versus privacy conundrum. Last week,  Twitter reached a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over accusations that the social media site misrepresented the level of privacy security it offers users, evidenced in password theft and status hacks.

PC Mag quotes the FTC:

"Twitter deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information," the FTC said. "Twitter was vulnerable to these attacks because it failed to take reasonable steps to prevent unauthorized administrative control of its system."

Under the terms of the settlement, Twitter must provide accurate information as to the level of privacy security it offers users, and must develop a comprehensive security program.


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