Elon Musk's X Moves to Collect Biometric Data, Education, Employment History of Nigerians, Pays Nigerian N36m

Elon Musk's X Moves to Collect Biometric Data, Education, Employment History of Nigerians, Pays Nigerian N36m

  • X, formerly known as Twitter, is updating its privacy feature to allow it to collect users' biometric data
  • The new policy will also include collecting users' employment history and education
  • It says that the reason for the new move is to tie persons to accounts and make the platform more secure

According to Bloomberg, Elon Musk's X, Formerly known as Twitter, will start collecting users' biometric data in line with its new privacy policy.

The policy also states that the company wants to collect users' job and education histories.

Elon Musk, X, Twitter, Biometrics
Twitter owner, Elon Musk moves to collect users biometrics Credit:NicoElNino
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New move is to fight identity theft and impersonation

The new policy will become effective September 29, 2023.

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The statement reads:

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"Based on your consent, we may collect and use your biometric information for safety, security, and identification purposes."

Biometrics is always used to collect a person's physical characteristics, such as face or fingerprints.

The company did not provide further details about how it plans to gather data.

The social media company said the biometrics are for premium users, allowing them to submit their government-issued ID and an image to add a verification layer.

TechCrunch reports that the data may be obtained from the ID and for image-matching purposes.

The company said the process will help tie an account to a natural person by processing their government-issued ID to help it fight impersonation attempts and secure the platform.

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In late August, the company was named in a proposed class action suit alleging that it wrongfully captured, stored, and used the biometrics of Illinois residents' data, including facial scans, without their consent.

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The suit also alleges that the company did not inform the persons that it collects and stores their biometrics in every photograph containing a face.

The new changes will also include an updated policy that says it will start storing users' employment and education history.

The company is purportedly working on a new feature that allows organizations to post job listings on their profiles.

It has also created the @XHiring account, an initiative by Elon Musk to turn the platform into an everything app.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian man on Twitter known as Logik, @iamlogikk on Saturday, September 2, 2023, celebrated getting almost N37 million from X, formerly known as Twitter on an ads revenue sharing scheme introduced by Elon Musk.

Logikk, who is also a serial better, displayed screenshots of his earnings and payment on his page.

“God bless Elon Musk,” the elated users wrote on his X page.

The revenue-sharing formula was launched by X in July 2023 for verified users to allow them to share in ad revenue accruing to the company.

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The company set some rules governing the programme and recently adjusted criteria for earnings on the platform.

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Legit.ng reported that Elon Musk has begun an aggressive push to recover the $44 million paid to acquire the social media platform Twitter in 2022.

On Friday, March 31, 2023, the billionaire tweeted a link for registration for organisations and individuals to apply for verification.

In a blog post, Twitter revealed that verified organisations and their affiliates could differentiate themselves on the platform than depending on Twitter to be the only determiner of which accounts should be verified and vetted.

Source: Legit.ng

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