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Twitter terms of service

  1. 1. Policy Primer: An introduction to Twitter’s Terms of Service & Privacy Policy
  2. 2.  Twitter is an online real-time instant messaging service  Often referred to as a micro-blogging service  Send small messages and “speak your mind”  Send 140 character messages to your friends or followers PCs, Laptops & Mobile Phones  You can broadcast Tweets (messages) to public or private groups
  3. 3.  Send personalised / private messages to individuals or selected groups  Follow the postings of others (a Follower)  Followers can reply to Tweets or forward these messages to others  Remember…!! Whatever you write will become public..even if you think it’s private!
  4. 4. Twitter’s legal documents are contained on the website include:  Terms of Service  Privacy Policy  Other Twitter Rules & Must Read Instructions  The Twitter Rules  Law Enforcement Guidelines  API Terms of Service  Twitter Basics  Report a Violation Page
  5. 5. By clicking “Create my account”, you are agreeing to Twitter’s Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and other rules of use
  6. 6.  Basic Terms  By registering you are forming a contract with Twitter (under laws of United States or other applicable jurisdictions),  You accepting the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy when pressing the “Create my account” button.  Twitter is free to change or stop its services without prior notice to you.  Twitter has the right change the limits on storage or usage without prior notice to you.  Twitter has the right to include advertisements on its pages or what’s presented to you.
  7. 7.  Privacy Section  Twitter is allowed to send you service announcements even though you’ve un-subscribed to e-mails. These are not considered as SPAM.  You can opt-out from newsletters, follower e-mails by changing your Notices in the Settings tab.  There is a separate Privacy Policy web page which you must refer to.
  8. 8.  Passwords  Twitter recommends strong passwords  Twitter is not responsible for your loss or damage if your password is compromised  Content on the Services  You are responsible for the Content you post  Twitter is not responsible for Content posted, this is at the readers risk.  Offensive, harmful, inaccurate, mislabelled, deceptive content or links to viruses are at the readers risk.  Twitter not liable for any loss or damage.  Twitter may remove content at its discretion.
  9. 9.  Your Rights  You retain the right to any Content you submit  You grant Twitter a sub-licence to:  Use or modify your Content  The right to broadcast this content worldwide  And in any and all distribution methods available now or in the future.  You allow Twitter & other companies to publish your Content and for others to read it.
  10. 10.  Your Content still remains your property, you own the Content.  You are responsible for ensuring copyright of your Content.  Twitter allows you to use of their software and message broadcasting service:  Provided you conform to the Terms of Service, Privacy and other rules of use.
  11. 11.  Twitter Rights  The Twitter website and Services (excluding your Content) is the property of Twitter Inc.  The Twitter website code, images and logos belong to Twitter  You are not allowed to use, copy or claim ownership.  Any great ideas or suggestions on how to improve the service are presented without obligation. Twitter will not reward you for a great idea or new invention.
  12. 12.  Restrictions on Content and Use of the Services  Twitter reserves the right remove Content or close your account.  Twitter has the right to monitor your content.  Twitter has the right to make your Content available to law enforcement agencies and governments.  Twitter provides an Application Programming Interface (API).  API allows programmers to create applications (to send & receive Tweets) . See API Terms of Service.
  13. 13.  Twitter claims not to release “personally identifiable” information to third parties. See Privacy Policy.  No hacking, tampering, deceptive sending, spamming, virus uploading or denial of service allowed by users.
  14. 14.  Copyright Policy  Twitter recognises the intellectual property rights of users  Will respond to alleged copyright infringements  Twitter reserves the right to remove any alleged infringing content without prior notice.  The Services are Available “AS-IS”  The Twitter make no guarantees as to the reliability or operation of their services  Not responsible for loss of data or damage to your computer as a result of using the service.
  15. 15.  Links  Twitter is not responsible for links, or content on other websites, services or third party applications.  Twitter does not endorse content on any other site  Users acknowledge their responsibility for sending Followers to other websites  Users assume the risk from using third party sites.
  16. 16.  Limitation of Liability  Twitter is not liable for any loss or damage caused as a result of using their services  In some countries the exclusion of warranties may not be enforceable  If some part of the Terms of Service is not enforceable, it does not void the remainder of the Terms.  Laws of California and United States will apply.
  17. 17.  Personal – Identifiable Information  Name, User Name, E-Mail Address, Location, Password, Photo, Bio, Mobile Phone Number, IP Address, browser type & version.  Don’t enable Current Location, if away from home might get burgled.
  18. 18.  Tracking & Data Logging  Twitter saves and tracks what you say (Tweet) and to who.  It also tracks who you follow, Retweet, reply & message.  Twitter targets advertising based on what you say and follow / view and what you Retweet.  Twitter uses cookies to track IP address, screen visits and session status.  Without cookies enabled you can’t login.  Twitter also follows our usage with various tools such as Google Analytics.
  19. 19.  Twitter claims NOT to release private information, except in the following cases:  When you consent or use a third party applications to access Twitter (Tweetdeck etc)  To other undescribed service providers (who & what?)  The law agencies (big brother terrorist prevention ?)  To a new owner of Twitter (then what will they do with it?)  Non-Private or aggregated data (questionable?)
  20. 20.  Children Policy  Children under 13 are not allowed to use Twitter  Pervious versions  Old Privacy Policies & Terms of Service are maintained on the site. (Good, history of changes important)
  21. 21.  Private Accounts become public  This has occurred using third party applications  Private Accounts can be hacked  YouTube has several examples how to hack Private Accounts.  Malicious links to viruses & worms allow malware, Trojans & phishing  Private Tweets can be forwarded to Followers of Followers
  22. 22.  The Twitter Rules  Details what not to do on Twitter including SPAM, content restrictions  Law Enforcement Guidelines  Twitter requires a subpoena, court order, or other valid legal process to disclose information about our users.  API Terms of Service  This is for software developers when developing applications that interact or use the Twitter service  Twitter Help Center ◦ A good place to start before you start Tweeting  Twitter Basics  Extensive list of information on how to use Twitter and what not to do  Report a Violation Page  Worth reading before using Twitter, informs what’s not acceptable
  23. 23. Google Analytics. (2010). Retrieved October, 12, 2010, from Twitter. (2009a). Guideline for Law Enforcement. Retrieved October, 13, 2010, from Twitter. (2009b). The Twitter Rules. Retrieved October, 12, 2010, from Twitter. (2010a). API Terms of Service. Retrieved October, 12, 2010, from Twitter. (2010b). Privacy Policy. Retrieved October, 20, 2010, from Twitter. (2010c). Report a Violation. Retrieved October, 16, 2010, from Twitter. (2010d). Terms of Service. Retrieved October, 20, 2010, from Twitter. (2010e). Twitter Help Center. Retrieved October, 12, 2010, from