𝐀𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫
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 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞 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 “𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑑𝑠”, which 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐞.
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 𝐝𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭, 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 “𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑑𝑠”? Well, they simply sell it to 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬 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 “disable” this “feature”. You can access through their website or in iOS/Android apps.
First, go to “More” and select “𝑆𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑐𝑦”
Second, under “𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑐𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑎” tab, scroll down to “𝑃𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑎” (how accessible, isn't it? /ₛ)
Then you can uncheck “𝑃𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑎”, this will uncheck every setting about personalized ads (a.k.a 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧)
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 “𝑆𝑒𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑇𝑤𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑎”. 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 𝐜𝐚𝐧 disable targeted ads, according to Twitter “𝑖𝑡 𝒘𝒐𝒏'𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑠’ 𝑎𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠” so your account will be 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑦 linked to this business and probably won't stop Twitter to continue create a more detailed profile of you.
𝐓𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥, even disabling the targeted ads doesn't stop them to still track you and mining your data and 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧'𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞 the profile they created of you. My recommendation is to delete Twitter and use 𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐨𝐧 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.