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Instagram Joins Trend of Social Media Surveillance

Published on November 1, 2015 by   ·   No Comments


Joe Wright

A whole host of reasons are being given to justify the increased surveillance and data mining of social media: terrorism, suicide prevention, precrime detection of violence and other illegal acts … and now teenage alcohol abuse.

Pattern recognition is at the heart of data mining for both public organizations and private companies. The Feds tried to get Congress to sign on to required reporting of “suspicious activity” in social media with the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2016, but that provision was ultimately rejected. However, the voluntary two-way data stream inherently provided by social media is proving to be irresistible for monitoring “bad behavior.”

A number of university press releases have revealed what type of research is ongoing, always to counter some perceived threat to society at large.

After news of Ebola began terrorizing the planet, Virginia University announced a program calledChatterGrabber which was developed to detect public health risks. However, it was apparently designed to do much more than that, and only used the dread of contracting Ebola as the ultimate way to get people sympathetic to the idea:

ChatterGrabber has also been used to monitor tickborne diseases, such as Lyme disease, public sentiment involving vaccines, and gun violence and terrorism, serving as an early warning system for public health officials through suspicious tweets or conversations. (emphasis added) [Source]

MIT followed suit shortly thereafter by announcing that Twitter would permit access to all of its tweets beginning in 2006 in a search for how “social movements” take place. Reddit was also mentioned as slated for the same.

But it was Facebook that caused the most outrage thus far with its“Truthy” experiment that went directly into harvesting political data to manipulate the spread of information in a mass psychological experiment on its users.

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