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Understanding the removal of precise geotagging in tweets

Twitter announced on 18 June 2019 that it would remove the precise geotagging feature in tweets. In addition to protecting the location privacy of users, this change also affects human behaviour studies based on geotagged tweets. We discuss the potential impact of Twitter’s decision and how researchers can respond to this change.

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Fig. 1: The three remaining approaches of geotagging after Twitter’s decision.


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Hu, Y., Wang, RQ. Understanding the removal of precise geotagging in tweets. Nat Hum Behav 4, 1219–1221 (2020).

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