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FBI Plans To Monitor Twitter And Facebook Content

Sites include , . Published on February 7th, 2012. Written by Anthony West.

Facebook and Twitter may be seen by most to be the social hangouts for most people, but both platforms are increasingly being used by governments around the world to monitor the behavior and actions of its citizens. China is perhaps the biggest and most overt example of government control over the internet and social networking but the US government is fast becoming like China.

The FBI recently announced that it was in talks with developers to build an app that scrapes and maps social media activity and data. The reason for the creation of the super-snooping app is the usual fare (cybercrime, terrorism and general surveillance) but privacy advocates are reportedly very uncomfortable about the idea. Whether this voice of dissent is enough to halt the development of such an app is anyone’s guess, but in many respects is there any point?

Presently the FBI and most other government agencies are able to access your personal data from Facebook and Twitter by just asking for it; building an app would only give the feds more direct access. Even Twitter announced recently that it will start censoring tweets based on requests from government entities around the world. In simple terms: Facebook and Twitter is already a place where your data is not safe from prying eyes.

Do you think the days of protecting your personal data online are in the past? Let us know below.

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  1. I surprised they haven’t been doing this for a long time already.

    In all honesty I don’t mind if the government sees which Cat videos I’ve Liked. Of course; I’m not much of a Facebook user and don’t share much material.

    I can imagine some people needing to clean up their timelines!

  2. look at this stage of the game it hardly matters, they allready do it. the cia are fb. im on u.s department of homeland security for comments i made on facebook on my page. hardly a plot to take over the country. just anti war, anti corruption stuff. the point is censorship, totally ridiculous. whats the point in using a censored net. . freedoms are disapearing by te day. time to push back. WE DONT WANT WARS/PRIVATE BANKERS BUYING COUNTRIES AND ENSLAVING THEM WITH DEBT AND WE DONT WANT CENSORSHIP. I WANNA TALK TO WHOEVER I PLEASE ABOUT ANY SUBJECT I WANT WITHOUT BEING FILTERED AND TOLD NO “OOPS SOMETHING WENT WRONG TRY LATER” NICE WAY OF SAYIN “THIS COMMENT IS NOT ALLOWED” WE CANT LIVE IN A WORLD LIKE THAT. I DONT WANNA LIVE IN A WORLD RUN LIKE THIS. IS NO ONE WITH ME, WHY VCANT WE BUILD A BETTER WORLD A UNITED WORLD OF FREEDOMS AND ABUNDANCE,INSTEAD OF MISERLY HOARDING BY A FEW AND STARVATION AND WAR FOR MANY TO SUPPORT THE TOP TIERS OF THE PYRAMID. LETS TURN THAT PYRA MID INTO A CIRCLE OF SHARING OF WEALTH AND INFORMATION,AND ALL GET TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. <<>>

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