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Twitter's "Install App" modal dialogue prompt on top of all the content is a form of user abuse

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"The company should know by now, based on the dozens of previous rejections: I'm not interested!"

Jan 01, 2022

Metadat | Jan 01, 2022

Wired: How Facebook and Other Sites Manipulate Your Privacy Choices

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Social media platforms repeatedly use so-called dark patterns to nudge you toward giving away more of your data.

Aug 12, 2020

Arielle Pardas | Aug 12, 2020

Twitter: Bully Time-out.

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Twitter gives a “time out” to users that have been deemed “abusive” or “bullies”. The time out doesn’t disable their account, it only makes their posts limited to be seen by their followers during the time limit.

Feb 16, 2017

Gray et al. | Feb 16, 2017

Twitter: Muscle Memory.

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Twitter wanted users to discover their new feature “discover”, so they put it in the location where notifications usually is, so that people would naturally click on the old spot due to muscle memory and discover the new feature.

Jan 27, 2017

Gray et al. | Jan 27, 2017

The slippery slope

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A presentation by Harry Brignull on Dark Patterns. Includes examples from Apple,, Royal Mail, Santander, Quora, Twitter, The Ladders, JustFab, and M&S.

Jul 23, 2013

Harry Brignull | Jul 23, 2013