Twitter may not be as used as Facebook but it still attracts millions of users every week. They are unfortunately not all well-meaning and terrorists are using the platform for propaganda. The service was so heavily guarded by US authorities but the microblogging giant has finally decided to turn their backs by depriving them of a dedicated analysis software.
Analyze each tweet independently of each other would be impossible and the US authorities have therefore chosen to rely on a dedicated solution for monitoring the platform: Dataminr.
This tool was not directly developed by Twitter but it has invested in the capital of the publisher and thus holds 5% of its capital.
In exchange, the US giant offers it direct access to all the messages posted on the platform, without limitation of any kind. Dataminr is also the only company to have unlimited access to all this data and this is also what allowed him to break into the industry.
It also means that the company is highly dependent on Twitter.
And the whole problem is there. The Wall Street Journal, the social network would indeed request that the tool is no longer available to US intelligence services. This information was however not confirmed by the principal party and is, therefore, to be taken with the utmost of prudence.
There, you probably wonder what could motivate Twitter to make this decision, right? In fact, according to the famous publication, the microblogging giant would not want to appear too close to the US government.
We must remember that the relationship between high-tech companies and the US authorities are not looking good right now. We have even seen evidence recently with the standoff that pitted Apple FBI on the case of the killer of San Bernardino.