Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have suspended Geofeedia, a platform that collects real-time social media information based on location, from having access to its data.
The decision follows an investigation that law enforcement used the tool to track activists and protests, the American Civil Liberties Union of North California (ACLU) published in a blog post Tuesday. It provides another case that surveillance information is potentially being used to target minority groups.
Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday cut access to certain data for an analytics firm which according to a civil liberties group helped law enforcement track protesters in social movements.
To the credit of these companies, the ACLU privately reported its findings to them, and all three have curtailed data access relationships with Geofeedia. [ more › ]
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