Twitter and Privacy: One-In-Five Tweets Divulge User Location


#doyouknowwhoswatchingyou? A new study from USC researchers sampled more than 15 million tweets, showing that some Twitter users may be inadvertently revealing their location through updates on the social media channel.

The study, which appears in the current issue of the International Journal of Geoinformatics, provides important factual data for a growing national conversation about online privacy and third-party commercial or government use of geo-tagged information.

“I’m a pretty private person, and I wish others would be more cautious with the types of information they share,” said lead author Chris Weidemann, a graduate student in the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) online master’s program at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “There are all sorts of information that can be gleaned from things outside of the tweet itself.”

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