Twitter will no longer provide government intelligence centers with tools that could be used for surveillance.
Prior, Dataminr, a social media-monitoring service which is partly owned by Twitter, granted fusion centers access to a real-time feed of public tweets and tools for filtering.
The decision follows an investigation into how law enforcement used the tool to track activists and protests by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU), which shared the news via a blog post Thursday.
Twitter has had a longstanding policy that prohibits its data from being used for surveillance. Yet, the ACLU reported that a Los Angeles-area government spy center had access to a geospatial intelligence tool from Dataminr that enabled it to search tweets by keyword and track locations, and was used to monitor people. Read more…