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Dataminr helped police surveil BLM protestors using their tweets

10/07/2020

AI startup Dataminr helped law enforcement surveil the ongoing protests against police violence by analyzing tweets about the demonstrations, the Intercept reports. The company accessed the data through Twitter‘s “firehouse,” a real-time stream of all tweets on the platform that’s rarely provided to tech...
AI startup Dataminr helped law enforcement surveil the ongoing protests against police violence by analyzing tweets about the demonstrations, the Intercept reports. The company accessed the data through Twitter‘s “firehouse,” a real-time stream of all tweets on the platform that’s rarely provided to tech firms. The alerts were sourced from both news reporters and bystanders watching or attending the rallies. According to internal documents reviewed by the Intercept, Dataminr also kept records of upcoming protests to help staff prepare their monitoring plans. Twitter prohibits the use of its data and APIs for surveillance, but it appears that Dataminr has exploited a semantic loophole… This story continues at The Next Web AI startup Dataminr helped law enforcement surveil the ongoing protests against police violence by analyzing tweets about the demonstrations, the Intercept reports. The company accessed the data through Twitter‘s “firehouse,” a real-time stream of all tweets on the platform that’s rarely provided to tech firms. The alerts were sourced from both news reporters and bystanders watching or attending the rallies. According to internal documents reviewed by the Intercept, Dataminr also kept records of upcoming protests to help staff prepare their monitoring plans. Twitter prohibits the use of its data and APIs for surveillance, but it appears that Dataminr has exploited a semantic loophole… This story continues at The Next Web
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