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Twitter gave researchers for Defense Department access to info for use in government programs

Added 10-05-21 11:22:02am EST - “Twitter granted researchers working for the Defense Department access to information shared by its users for study on combating online influence operations, a defense research program manager says.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Twitter gave researchers for Defense Department access to info for use in government programs”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Twitter granted researchers working for the Defense Department access to information shared by its users for study on combating online influence operations, a defense research program manager says.

Brian Kettler, a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), said unintentional collection of Americans’ data is possible.

However, there are processes in place to protect Americans’ personally identifiable information (PII) and prevent their data from being used by government-funded researchers, he added.

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“We have an, the performer that’s in charge of data provisioning has an agreement with Twitter,” Mr. Kettler said. “Twitter has sort of, they scrutinized how we’re using the information, what information we’re accessing, so it’s all going through the platform T’s and C’s with a specific agreement.”

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