Twitter is cutting off law enforcement surveillance hubs, known as fusion centers, from accessing a social media monitoring tool that allowed for the monitoring of its user data.
The move comes after the ACLU informed the company that Dataminr a firm that creates Twitter surveillance tools that can visualize and track trends on the platform was providing its services to the federally funded hubs.
As a result, Dataminr was forced to comply with Twitter s existing policies prohibiting the use of its data for surveillance.
Additionally, Twitter promises that Dataminr will no longer provide social media surveillance tools to any local, state, or federal government customer.
The domestic surveillance hubs participate in information-sharing and analysis as part of a local-state-federal partnership.
The Department of Homeland Security claims fusion centers play a unique role in preventing national threats through their data-gathering efforts at the local level.