Friday, 20th of July 2018, Twitter announced that they’re launching new tools, helping their users to transfer their data and personal information across different platforms.
Alongside Facebook, Microsoft, and Google, Twitter announced their participation in the Data transfer project (DTP), which is a collaboration of organizations committed to building a common framework with open-source code that can connect any two online service providers, enabling a seamless, direct, user-initiated portability of data between the two platforms.
“At Twitter we believe in providing you with the tools you need to control your data and with the means to know exactly how it is used and for what purpose. We also believe that you should have control over how you transfer information between the online products and services that you use. That is why we, alongside our peers at Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, are formally launching The Data Transfer Project (DTP).”
As a reminder, Data transfer project (DTP) was formed in 2017 to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all individuals across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want.
Twitter points out that they’re working hard alongside other big companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft to make that concept come true. They also expressed that the project encourages any company to create tools that enable people to freely move their information across the web – without barriers.
“Right now, much of the online products and services we use do not interact with each other in a coherent and intuitive fashion. Information that is housed on one platform can not be easily and securely transferred to other services. This is not a positive collective experience for the people who use our services and we are keen to work through some of the challenges as an industry.”
As a part of Twitter transparency, they announced that this process of information sharing between companies participating in the project and the related work streams will be open for all to scrutinize, critique, and to build off.
“Alongside Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, we’ve produced a white paper that’s designed to set the course we want to chart as this project evolves.”