RT @IWantPrivacy:Widespread Violation of Privacy Settings in the Twitter Social Network

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Executive Summary

Twitter is a social network that focuses on creating and sharing short 140 character messages know as tweets. Twitter's sole privacy policy is a binary option that either allows every message a user creates to be publicly available, or allows only a user's followers to see posted messages. As the Twitter community grew, conventions organically formed that allow for rich expressiveness with only 140 characters. Repeating what someone else says is called re-tweeting; this behavior facilitates the spread of information and commentary in real-time. The authors have performed a large-scale collection of data from the Twitter social network by means of the publicly available Application Programming Interface (API) they provide.

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