This new policy, primarily aimed at X Premium users, is designed to provide an additional layer of verification. However, the specifics of what biometric data will be collected remain undefined. Such data could potentially encompass facial images, fingerprints, and iris patterns. Meanwhile, the collection of employment and education history is intended to enhance job recommendations, aid in job applications, and refine the relevancy of advertising. This move coincides with the recent launch of X Hiring, a new recruitment tool giving early access to verified organizations.
X, Formerly Known as Twitter, to Start Collecting Biometric Data and Users’ Employment History
Biometric Data for Enhanced Verification
Collection of Employment and Education History
In addition to biometric data, X also plans to accumulate information about users’ employment and education history. This is with the intent to recommend potential jobs, share relevant information with employers when users apply for jobs, enable employers to find potential candidates, and to display more relevant advertising to users. This is in line with X’s latest feature, X Hiring, a new recruitment tool that was rolled out last week. Verified organizations have been granted early access to the beta version of this feature.
Controversial Changes Since Musk’s Acquisition
Since its acquisition by billionaire Elon Musk last fall, X has undergone significant changes. This includes its rebrand from Twitter and several controversial modifications such as walking back its content moderation policies and reinstating previously banned accounts. The move to collect biometric data and users’ employment history is the latest in these changes.
The move by X to collect biometric and employment data raises several questions about user privacy and data security. It is also noteworthy that this announcement comes at a time when X is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit in Illinois over allegations of collecting biometric information without prior notice or consent. As the landscape of social media continues to evolve, users must remain vigilant about the information they share and how it is used.