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Twitter Is Being Sued for Scanning Direct Messages

The proposed class action suit says the company has been "systematically intercepting, reading, and altering" DMs.

Anthony Quintano for Re/code

Twittter is facing a new proposed class action suit accusing the company of violating user privacy.

The lawsuit says the company has been “systematically intercepting, reading, and altering” direct messages, most likely a reference to Twitter’s longstanding practice of automatically shortening and redirecting any in-message links.

While the practice could be used to monitor or redirect any URLs included in a direct message, it’s generally seen as a benign extension of the company’s broader link-shortening systems. In a statement to USA Today, Twitter called the allegations “meritless.”

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.