FBI to monitor Facebook Twitter Myspace
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (www.fbi.gov/">http://www.fbi.gov/">FBI) is looking to develop a Web app that can continuously monitor social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace, as well as various news feeds. The organization’s goal is to improve its real-time intelligence when it comes to current and emerging security threats.
The plan for such an app was inadvertently revealed by the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (www.fbi.gov/about-us/cirg/sioc">http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cirg/sioc">SOIC) in a solicitation for a “Social Media Application.” The FBI typically avoids openly discussing how social networks are used as an intelligence tool, but the 12-page Request for Information document (www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=7f9abf0ff0fdba171d1130ddf412aea3">https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=7f9abf0ff0fdba171d1130ddf412aea3">PDF, half the pages are oddly blank) reveals in detail what the organization is interested in.
The FBI specifies the following operational capabilities for the app (notice the second and last points in particular)...
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