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Twitter makes it harder to spy on its users

  • Twitter Inc announced that it has enhanced its security by adding an additional layer of protection called "forward security" over the traditional HTTPS encryption that it has been using since 2011. Twitter urged other Internet firms to carry out similar measures.

    Many US Internet companies have upgraded their encryption and security measures after the Snowden episode, when it was revealed that the US government routinely spies on its citizens' electronic communication. Twitter's actions are the latest of a series of steps taken by the micro-blogging site to provide its users a more secure platform.

    Twitter Inc mentioned on its blog that "A year and a half ago, Twitter was first served completely over HTTPS...Since then, it has become clearer and clearer how important that step was to protecting our users' privacy."

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