Today, Twitter unveils three pieces of work that they hope will make Twitter’s privacy practices simple and approachable and encourage more people around the world to take charge of their personal information on the service. They include:
- Twitter Data Dash: a new privacy video game to teach people about the privacy policies in a fun and engaging format.
- Research into privacy icons: for privacy settings and controls recognizable on Twitter and elsewhere globally
- An expanded scope of reference to content on Twitter beyond just Tweets, accounting for the increasingly rich media found on Twitter.
- A clearer explanation of how Twitter personalizes your experience and the ads you see.
Twitter Data Dash
Through Twitter Data Dash, Twitter hopes to encourage more people around the world to take charge of their personal information on their service and maybe even have a little fun in the process. Transparency is core to Twitter’s approach and they want to help you understand the information they collect, how it’s used, and the controls at your disposal. Twitter hopes Twitter Data Dash introduces a fun and interactive way to learn about a topic that has historically been anything but.
What’s next? Privacy iconography
Twitter is working on reimagined privacy iconography – visual symbols that represent core settings related to security and privacy across the service. Like the magnifying glass is a widely recognized icon indicating a search function, the goal is to propose standardized privacy icons for privacy settings and controls recognizable on Twitter and elsewhere globally. Through research and conversations with stakeholders, Twitter learned that those who have used or seen the privacy settings feel more in control of their privacy on Twitter and that there was more they could do to make settings and controls easier to understand. Twitter’s been ideating and conducting research into privacy iconography and plans to publish the findings and ideas soon.