The federal government has been requesting and receiving user information and activity from major social media platforms for years.
In 2019, The Federal Bureau of Investigation quietly started searching for private contractors who could gather and feed law enforcement tremendous amounts of user data straight from social media platforms such as Twitter (TWTR), Facebook (FB) and Instagram.
The U.S. government needs “real-time access to a full range of social media exchanges” to better fight terrorist groups and domestic threats, the FBI said in its request for bids, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The New York Post is reporting that Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users. The company has reportedly been informing the FBI of users that express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments. Sources within the DOJ alleged that the company also reported users that questioned the validity of the 2020 election.
The process starts with employees at Facebook red-flagging private messages expressing election integrity concerns over the past 19 months. Then they transmitted redacted versions to the domestic terrorism operational unit at the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.
The private messages were then shared as “leads” to FBI field offices around the U.S. which then requested subpoenas from the partner U.S. Attorney’s Office in their district to obtain the private conversations they had already been provided with by Facebook.
One anonymous source stated: “It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause. Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.”
However, after the FBI investigated the Facebook “leads”, they found none of them were involved in anything criminal or violent. One source stated: “It was a waste of our time.”
Erica Sackin, the spokesperson for Communications, Dangerous Organizations, and Individuals at Facebook (now known as Meta), denied the allegations, stating:
“These claims are just wrong. The suggestion we seek out peoples’ private messages for anti-government language or questions about the validity of past elections and then proactively supply those to the FBI is plainly inaccurate and there is zero evidence to support it,” said Sackin, a DC-based crisis response expert who previously worked for Planned Parenthood and “Obama for America” and now leads Facebook’s communications on “counterterrorism and dangerous organizations and individuals.”
Well, America, can you say out-of-control intelligence agency?
Yes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been weaponized to go after “political” dissenters, though their speech is protected in the First Amendment.
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