In May 2016, the CIA was denied of Twitter’s data access because the US private sector company feared to be seen too close to the intelligence arm of the government. Nevertheless, last week, the FBI gained access to Twitter-linked analytics tool Dataminr. The bureau indeed recently hired Dataminr to provide an “advanced alerting tool” to over 200 users according to several press reports.
Founded in 2009 and based in New York, Dataminr searches through real-time tweets to detect newsworthy events.
The bureau noted that Twitter is used « extensively by terrorist organizations and other criminals to communicate, recruit, and raise funds for illegal activity... Consequently, the FBI needs near real time access to the full universe of tweets on a daily basis in order to obtain the most current information available in furtherance of its law enforcement and intelligence missions ».
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