Twitter prevent American intelligence agencies from using the service to analyze tweets

May

9

2016

According to the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Twitter stripped American intelligence agencies have the right to use Dataminr, a service that analyzes tweets from all over the world in order to inform users of what is going on from the events before the media.

The social network has yet to confirm that it was prevented agencies from this service, which is said to have informed the users around the world events in Belgium in March / March last by the media ten minutes, but the newspaper quoted that a senior official in the US intelligence and other sources said it was informed on the matter .

Dataminr company services agencies have been used for two years before deciding to stop that Twitter, as sources said that Twitter is concerned about the appearance like a very close and cooperative with the US intelligence services.

The Twitter said in a statement that “data available to the public to a large extent,” adding that “the US government can be found on the public accounts of its own, like any other user,” but did not comment on the issue Dataminr’s ability to sell the information to intelligence agencies.

The Dataminr, which Twitter owns a 5% stake, is the only company that allows Twitter to see real-time data for each tweet on the social network and selling that information to customers.

It is said that the intelligence agencies were able to reach Dataminr service when the company received funding investment from In-Q-Tel, Inc., a venture capital investing in companies that benefit the Central Intelligence Agency CIA and other agencies of their services and products.

At the time she had worked with American intelligence agencies, it was Dataminr proactive in reporting on the Paris attacks moments after the fact, making it “a very valuable tool,” according to the source of the Wall Street Journal.

In spite of the decision of Twitter Dataminr cut relations with intelligence agencies, but the company’s agreements with private companies in the financial sector, the media, and other industries to provide summary information with the ability of algorithms on data from millions of Twitter analysis.

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