๐€๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐“๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ

Twitter, as we all know, has become a major time consumer of our society; an essential social network for communicating with everybody around us pushing its users to keep posting at all hours.

Every time you post, retweet or like a photo, you are, with or without your knowing, helping Twitter to create a more ๐๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž of you based on some basic categories like male or women, but also more niche ones like your music interests, visited sites, your location record or your political orientation with the excuse of โ€œ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘ โ€, which ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐ž.

Relevant vs money

If their word was true, Twitter will try their best on serving you more relevant ads as well as keeping you as anonymous as possible because they are only using your data to serve you ads on their platform, right? In fact Twitter ๐๐จ๐ง'๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ, they care about their advertisers, and keeping them happy while they spend some thousands of dollars on campaigns. That's why you see the last iPhone, a new car or that new show on Netflix, sounds familiar doesn't it? Then, what they do with your data if they really don't use it for โ€œ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘ โ€? Well, they simply sell it to ๐๐š๐ญ๐š ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ who are more than happy to know where have you been this month, who are on your contact list and what news did you read.

Accessing your Ad Profile

With the raise of privacy protest and new laws, Twitter has been forced to show what information they collect about their users as well as an option to โ€œdisableโ€ this โ€œfeatureโ€. You can access through their website or in iOS/Android apps.

First, go to โ€œMoreโ€ and select โ€œ๐‘†๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘ฆโ€

Second, under โ€œ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘Žโ€ tab, scroll down to โ€œ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ง๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘Žโ€ (how accessible, isn't it? /โ‚›)

Then you can uncheck โ€œ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ง๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘Žโ€, this will uncheck every setting about personalized ads (a.k.a ๐๐š๐ญ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง)

Finally, this step is optional, but if you want to find out what Twitter knows about you (or at least some of that information), go to โ€œ๐‘†๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‡๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘Žโ€. Then, you can see your interest (or topics than they assume can interest you). Requesting your tailored audiences will send you a message to your account's email address with a list of Twitter accounts who target ads to you in PDF format.

Take in note that, even if you ๐œ๐š๐ง disable targeted ads, according to Twitter โ€œ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐’˜๐’๐’'๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ โ€™ ๐‘Ž๐‘ข๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘’๐‘ โ€ so your account will be ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘™๐‘ฆ linked to this business and probably won't stop Twitter to continue create a more detailed profile of you.

Conclusion

๐“๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ, even disabling the targeted ads doesn't stop them to still track you and mining your data and ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง'๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž the profile they created of you. My recommendation is to delete Twitter and use ๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐๐จ๐ง a free open source social network.

You can sing up a Mastodon account through an instance like mastodon.social and start taken control of your data and your freedom from tips of other users around the globe.