Dataminr warns US Marshals of abortion rights protests


Internal emails obtained under an FOI request show that between April and June 2022 the US Marshals Service received regular alerts from Dataminr, a company that monitors social media on behalf of corporate and government clients and an official partner of Twitter, advising them of the times and locations of ongoing and planned abortion rights protests. There is no oversight for this type of warning system, even though it can chill free speech. The pattern of alerts suggests that Dataminr is less in the business of public safety, as it claims, and more in the business of automated scrutiny.

Publication: The Intercept

Writer: Sam Biddle

Publication date: 2023-05-15

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