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SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS POLICE SPY ON ACTIVISTS
Police are using social media surveillance companies’ analytics and search capabilities to monitor activists protesting police brutality.
The ACLU of California broke the news that Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram had data deals with Geofeedia – a social media company that characterized activist groups and unions as “overt threats” and marketed its tool to monitor protests.
In an important first step, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter cut off Geofeedia. But Geofeedia is just a piece of the puzzle.
Many companies sell social media surveillance tools to police. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram need to take additional steps to safeguard users against police surveillance.
Social media is a driver for activism, political conversation, and the fight for human rights. We need to make sure it continues to be a safe forum for millions to connect about the most important issues in our lives – and can’t be used as funnels for a surveillance database.