X(Twitter)’s privacy policy teams comfirmed that they will train Ai models by using public data

X’s recently updated privacy policy informed users that it would now collect biometric data as well as users’ education and employment, Bloomberg discovered earlier this week. But that doesn’t seem to be the only thing X intends to do with user data. According to an update to another part of the policy, the company plans to continue to use the information it collects and other publicly available information to help train its IA and machine learning models, she said.

This change was noticed by Stackdiary’s Alex Ivanovs, who was used to finding notable updates in tech companies’ terms of service, where he had previously found updates. AI-related updates in Brave and Zoom. His post is currently trending on Y Combinator’s Hacker News discussion forum.
Specifically, Policy Change X is in Section 2.1 and reads as follows:

We may use the information we collect and publicly available information to help train models. our machine learning or artificial intelligence for the purposes described in this policy.

As pointed out by Ivanovs, X owner, Elon Musk, has ambitions to enter the AI ​​market with another company, xAI. This leads him to hypothesize that Musk may have intended to use X as a data source for xAI – and perhaps Musk’s recent tweet encouraging journalists to write about X is even an attempt to generates more interesting and useful data to feed AI models.

In fact, Musk has said that xAI will use “public tweets” to train its AI models, so that’s not a huge step forward. He accused other tech giants of exploiting Twitter to train their AI models, and even threatened Microsoft to sue over allegations of illegal use of Twitter data. Musk has also filed a lawsuit against unidentified entities for collecting data from Twitter, which can also be used to train large artificial intelligence language models.

Additionally, Ivanovs points to text on xAI’s homepage that says that while it’s a separate company from X Corp., it “will work closely with X (Twitter), Tesla, and other entities.” other to advance our mission.

Musk essentially confirmed the privacy policy change, responding to a post on X to clarify that the plan is to “use only public data, no direct messages or any other anything private”.