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Twitter made a game to help you better understand its privacy policy

It doesn't do a good job.

Twitter has released a game to help users better understand the social media platform's privacy policy, except it does a terrible job at it.

"The Twitterverse can be tricky to navigate if you don't know your way around. So we made a game to help you understand our privacy policy a little better," explains Twitter on the game's page.

The 8-bit game centres around you and your dog Data, as you navigate around PrivaCity. Your task is to get Data safely to the park, dodging cat ads and battling trolls.

In theory, it's a novel idea that may help younger users and bored adults to gain a better understanding of the complex policies that govern today's platforms.

I'm not entirely sure what this game is supposed to teach. Image: Twitter

But in my experience, it just left me more confused. As someone who enjoys the nitty-gritty details of platform policies, laws and regulations, there's just far too much obfuscation to get any real sense of how any of this could be applied to controlling your personal data in the real world.

Twitter's time may be better spent making its privacy controls easier to access and simplifying its policies to make it easier to understand.

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Ishraq Subhan


Ishraq is a freelance games journalist. His first ever console was the PlayStation, where he found his love of games through Ridge Racer. He likes to think he’s really into story-driven games, but spends most of his time on the latest yearly Call of Duty release.

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