Homeland Security May Be Crawling Your Social Media Profiles, Here’s What the Feds Are Keeping an Eye out For

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The Department of Homeland Security will be utilizing its resources to pore over the social media accounts of American citizens to root out potential “threats” following the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion, according to a report. NBC News on Sunday reported DHS officials intend to use personnel, and not computer algorithms, to mine data from public social media accounts. The department will look at the online activity of those who haven’t yet been banned by Big Tech with the purpose of spotting potential “targets” based on how users, presumably conservatives, exercise their free speech in patterns. “We’re not looking at who are the individual posters,” an individual identified as a “senior DHS official” told the network. “We are looking at what narratives are resonating and spreading across platforms. From there you may be able to determine what are the potential targets you need to protect.” “Domestic violent extremism poses the most lethal, persistent terrorism-related threat to our homeland today,” said DHS spokeswoman Sarah Peck.

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