SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter will honor requests from users who do not want their online behavior tracked, the company said on Thursday, in contrast with Web companies such Google Inc and Facebook Inc whose business models rely heavily on collecting user data.
Twitter said it will officially support "Do Not Track," a standardized privacy initiative that has been heavily promoted by the US Federal Trade Commission, online privacy advocates and Mozilla, the non-profit developer of the Firefox Web browser.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer and Apple Inc's Safari, include a "Do Not Track" option that sends a line of code to websites indicating the user does not want to be tracked. But under current regulations, it is up to the website to honor the requests.
Google has said it will implement a "Do Not Track" feature in its Chrome browser later this year.