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Dataminr Helped Police Use Tweets To Surveil BLM Protests

Dataminr Helped Police Use Tweets To Surveil BLM Protests

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LEVERAGING CLOSE TIES to Twitter... Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor the [BLM] protests ... with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators... essentially surveillance by U.S. law enforcement entities, contradicting its earlier assurances... siphoning vast amounts of social media data ... converting it into tidy police intelligence packages ... at the request of the police they are tracking protests, and therefore protesters...

defense of Dataminr ... linguistic distinction: that relaying data to the police isn’t ... surveillance, but ... neutral newsgathering... “situational awareness through real time events"... largely obscures the major differences between what, say, a newspaper might do with rapidly updated information ... versus what the police ... do with that same data.

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