Authorities in the U.S are taking surveillance to another new level that may considerably affect the way people interact on social platforms. During an interview on Fox Business, FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai, said that the government was planning to study ‘social pollution’ on social networks especially Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR).
The government is set to increase its surveillance on Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR)’s accounts in the wake of a gunman entering the Canadian parliament heavily armed. Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada will be closely watching tweets as fear of Muslim radicalization continues to bite
“It looks like the governments both north of us and here are getting back into the spying business but get this. They have actually been there all along this week pushing for more Dough to analyze tweets that might be deemed dangerous,” said Fox’s Neil Cavuto.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai argues that by collecting such information on Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) the government might be overstepping its mandate of protecting the freedom of speech of users on social platforms. The ongoing operation according to the truth foundation is to mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, as well as detecting hate speech and social propaganda. Pai believes the government should not be involved in the project.
“[..] Once a government is involved by funding it. Then it becomes very dangerous I think, because of in truth, on core constitutional freedoms the freedom of speech, “said Mr. Pai.
It waits to be seen how the government will categorize tweets for amounting to hate speech, political malice or what they call ‘social pollution’ according to Commissioner Pai. Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) is already entangled in a privacy battle in the U.S with law enforcement agencies. The giant social network has already been barred from disclosing the amount of demand for user data that some of the agencies have asked for, in the past.
The latest operations by the government according to Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) are a violation of freedom of speech expected to affect how people interact on the platform.
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