Twitter is gaining praise from privacy rights groups after enabling support for the Do Not Track browser option.
The company on Thursday confirmed that it had enabled the feature, which allows users to request that no information about their browsing habits is retained by websites.
Word of the feature first surfaced when US Federal Trade Commissioner Ed Felton applauded the company for the move.
"The Federal Trade Commission's CTO, Ed Felten, just mentioned Twitter now supports Do Not Track," the company Tweeted.
The Federal Trade Commission's CTO, Ed Felten, just mentioned Twitter now supports Do Not Track. We applaud the FTC's leadership on DNT.— Twitter (@twitter) May 17, 2012
The Do Not track platform allows users to set a preference which prevents sites from implementing tracking features. Sites which have opted into the program are able to detect when "do not track" browsers are accessing data and withhold from gathering data.
The company did note that users who opt for "do not track" on their browsers will not be able to access certain features of the service, including the newly-released 'tailered suggestions' recommendation feature.
Twitter's move also won the company praise from user advocacy groups. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the move 'pioneering' in regards to user privacy.
"Twitter is showing an inventive way that websites other than behavioral advertisers can respect Do Not Track," the EFF said.
"We are heartened to see this forward-thinking approach and hope other sites with embedded widgets will follow suit."
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