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FBI Looking to Monitor Social Media to Determine Threats

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The Federal Bureau of Investigations is [URL="https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=64c7a3014f6e2944e30c05266eedd9b4&_cview=0"]looking for bids[/URL] on an application to monitor social media platforms to gather information pertaining to domestic and foreign threats to the U.S.

From [URL="http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/166617/the-fbi-wants-in-on-social-media-monitoring.html?edition=42685#ixzz1kd5Z7Stn"]MediaPost[/URL]:

[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]The FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center said the RFI was intended to determine the capability of industry to provide an “Open Source and social media alert, mapping, and analysis application solution.” As indicated here, the system would be able to scrape material from social networks about emerging threats and then superimpose the information graphically on maps, giving FBI analysts a spatial sense of the threat landscape.
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From Mashable:

[/COLOR][/LEFT]The FBI is looking to develop a web application that can monitor social networks, including Facebook[URL="http://mashable.com/category/facebook"][/URL] and Twitter[URL="http://mashable.com/tag/twitter"][/URL], in order to gain better real-time intelligence about current or potential future security threats or situations.
This plan was inadvertently revealed by the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) in a market research request for a “[URL="https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=c65777356334dab8685984fa74bfd636&_cview=1"]Social Media Application[/URL].”
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