NYP: social networks and FBI spy on users interested in US presidential election
WASHINGTON, September 15 – RIA Novosti. The American social network Facebook*, in collaboration with the FBI, spied private correspondence of users interested in the 2020 US presidential election, reported Department of Justice sources to the New York Post.
“Facebook* turned over private correspondence to the FBI without any legal requirements. This was done bypassing the legal process,” the sources said.
It is noted that any manifestation of anti-government sentiment or a negative assessment of the actions of the authorities became the reason for the initiation of surveillance of correspondence.
According to broadcast sources, in the last 19 months data has been transferred from Facebook* employees tasked with tracking correspondence to the FBI Headquarters unit responsible for combating terrorist threats within the United States.
Facebook denied the accusations, calling them “false”.
Earlier in September, it became known that the largest American online platforms, including Meta* and Twitter, are working regularly with the White House, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency. , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Census Bureau, as well as the Election Commission, the Treasury, and other U.S. government agencies on censoring information.
American social networks have been repeatedly criticized for censoring and restricting the freedom to disseminate information in the interests of US authorities. One recent example of such a policy was the FBI’s recognition of Meta*Mark Zuckerberg, which announced its demands ahead of the 2020 presidential election, to restrict the spread of the story about the laptop’s contents across platforms under its control. The identity of Hunter Biden, son of the current head of the White House, which could indicate Biden-Jr.’s involvement in criminal activities in drug trafficking and prostitution.
*Meta activities (social networks Facebook and Instagram) are banned in Russia for extremism
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