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FBI Plans To Monitor Facebook, Twitter, And Instagram For Terrorism And Domestic Threats In Real-Time

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FBI Plans To Monitor Facebook, Twitter, And Instagram For Terrorism And Domestic Threats In Real-Time

by Jennings Brown

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is soliciting technology firms to build a tool that can monitor social media for threats.

The agency posted a request for proposals on July 8 claiming it wants a “social media early alerting tool,” that will help it track the use of the platforms by terrorists, criminal organizations, and foreign agencies.

“With increased use of social media platforms by subjects of current FBI investigations and individuals that pose a threat to the United States, it is critical to obtain a service which will allow the FBI to identify relevant information from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms in a timely fashion,” the request reads. “Consequently, the FBI needs near real-time access to a full range of social media exchanges in order to obtain the most current information available in furtherance of its law enforcement and intelligence missions.”

The solicitation was first reported on by Defense One. The documents released by the FBI show that the agency plans to have a tool that can be accessed from all FBI headquarters and field offices, or through FBI-issued mobile devices.

Read more: https://gizmodo.com/fbi-plans-to-monitor-facebook-twitter-and-instagram-f-1837079151