Twitter: Stop Letting Law Enforcement Target Your Users
A Twitter developer and AI platform called Dataminr has been caught scanning the platform for tweets about protesters and racial justice activists, and turning those tweets over to law enforcement, including the Minneapolis Police Department.
Let us be clear: By allowing this practice, Twitter is directly endangering protesters. These actions aid surveillance and risk exposing people to investigations, watchlists, and state violence for calling attention to injustice and exercising their First Amendment rights.
Twitter has vocally supported Black activists and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. But that is not enough. In this fight for racial justice, Twitter must act decisively to prevent the government from exploiting the platform to surveil and target the company’s users.