Monday May 09, 2016

Twitter Blocks US Spies From Analyzing Your Tweets

According to this article, Twitter has cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from using a service called Dataminr that combs through hundreds of millions of tweets every day. Oddly enough, a venture capital arm of US intelligence has reportedly invested in various social media analytics firms, including Dataminr.

Twitter said in a statement that it "never authorized Dataminr or any third party to sell data to a government or intelligence agency for surveillance purposes." However, a venture capital arm of US intelligence called In-Q-Tel has reportedly invested in Dataminr and other social media analytics firms. As part of that, Dataminr allowed certain spy agencies to mine tweets as part of a pilot program. When that ended, Twitter forbade the company from using its data, fearing the "optics" of being too closely associated with intelligence activities, according to WSJ sources.

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