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FBI Uses Dataminr Tweet-Mining Tool to Track Terrorist Activity

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to The Verge, Dataminr, which is partly owned by Twitter, was hired by the FBI last week and it would provide its tool “to search the complete Twitter firehose, in near-real time, using customizable filters.”

“The use of social media platforms, like Twitter, by terrorist groups, intelligence services, and criminal organizations to further their illegal activity creates a demonstrated need for tools to properly identify the activity and react appropriately. With increased use of Twitter by subjects of FBI investigations, it is critical to obtain a service which will allow the FBI to identify relevant information from Twitter in a timely fashion,” an FBI contracting document said. – READ MORE