The CIA is Watching You Tweet

…The CIA maintains a social-media tracking center operated out of an nondescript building in a Virginia industrial park. The intelligence analysts at the agency’s Open Source Center, who other agents refer to as “vengeful librarians,” are tasked with sifting through millions of tweets, Facebook messages, online chat logs, and other public data on the World Wide Web to glean insights into the collective moods of regions or groups abroad.

[Source: The Atlantic]


9 Responses to The CIA is Watching You Tweet

  1. This is supposed to make us paranoid? I guess? (Personally I'm just a bit envious of these people to tell the truth….read all day, even if you're reading crap= dream job.)

  2. So? Privacy is a thing of the past. If you're going to use Twitter/ Facebook… you probably already know they're watching you… and reading your posts… which is what you wanted people to do in the first place…

  3. Yeah, I found out the hard way there are ways people can watch your social sites. I got fired three weeks ago because my boss thought I’m too “social” on FB and with having more than 300 friends reading my posts he thought I was too much of a “wild card” and unpredictable for a corporation. The funny thing is, my FB page is private, and he actually told me corporations like theirs can get permission to follow their employees and have people paid to do that.

    • This actually worries me more than CIA analysing tweets. If what you're saying is true, then Facebook is just handing out private data to pretty much business who asks, or can pay. And not only that, you lost your job on the basis of having too many friends on a private account (since when was that a fireable offence?) which possibly has no actual bearing on your suitability for the job.
      I realise that this is not news, people are used to Facebook selling off personal information and that "privacy no longer exists" online. But why do we just accept this?
      Fair enough if you post everything online without a care you shouldn't be surprised if you find yourself in trouble, but if you set up a private account shouldn't it be expected to remain private?
      I could understand if a breach of privacy was to stop a crime or bring felons to justice, but I'm uneasy that it seems anyone can access a private account to satisfy their curiosity.

  4. I kind of feel sorry for them. Imagine the amount of bad grammar, stupid posts, inane rubbish, insanity, teenage drama and just plain old boring junk they have to go through every single day.

    • This is actually what I first thought of too. There's so much crap on the internet…. talk about having to see the ugly side of humanity. Ever. Day.

      I dunno, if it was my job, I'd probably lose faith in humanity.

      Oh wait, that already happened. Guess I'd be ok then! :D

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