LA police trials market research software to search social media


According to internal documents obtained by the Brennan Center, the Polish “strategic communications” specialist Edge NPD, whose business is helping companies with market research, provided the Los Angeles Police Department with a free 40-day trial in which it collected nearly 2 million tweets, including thousands relating to six topics, including Black Lives Matter and “defund the police”. LAPD did not ultimately enter into a contract with the company; the documents do not say what the agency did with the data.

Writer: Sam Levin and Johana Bhuiyan
Publication: Guardian
Publication date: 2021-12-15