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Twitter: No, really, we're very sorry we sold your security info for a boatload of cash

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I know what they mean. They mean that the phone numbers weren't simply packaged up and emailed to the advertisers, I.E. no data was "shared", deliberately on the basis of "let's share this big list of numbers". However, the data was, in fact, shared because the advertisers got matches. The matching software ran on Twitter's servers and not the advertisers', that is all. From the perspective of the users who had their numbers stolen and given to an advertiser, there's not much difference. I would cheerfully accuse Twitter of almost a lie in this occasion. They know what this means but they were deliberately deceptive to try to make it sound like less happened. Definitions of "lie" can change, but it was clearly less than honest.

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