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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:24:21 AM

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Twitter has suspended its commercial relationship with a company called Geofeedia – which provides social media data to law enforcement agencies so that they can identify potential miscreants.

Law enforcement was not necessarily using this data to find criminals, but instead to find political activists.
The civil liberties advocacy organization obtained records indicating that Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter provided bulk user post data to Geofeedia, which markets its social media monitoring software to law enforcement agencies as a way to track activists, among other uses.

Law enforcement has been using social media to track peace protesters as well as political activists for years now. This one step by Twitter is a very minor setback as there are alternative sources for legal and illegal Social Media data that are in use.

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