Twitter says user data meant for security purposes may have been used for advertising

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(Reuters) – Twitter said on Tuesday email addresses and phone numbers uploaded by users to meet its security requirements may have been ‘inadvertently’ used for advertising purposes.

The micro-blogging site said the issue was rectified as of Sept. 17, without disclosing how many users were impacted.

“This was an error and we apologize,” the company said in a blog post.

Social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, have faced heat from users and regu

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