The US Navy is starting to get a little creepy after it announced the desire to archive over 350 billion social media posts for “research purposes”
Allegedly wanting to study modes of “collective expression,” the Navy is currently on the hunt for contractors willing to archive social media posts dating from 2014 to 2016.
“We seek to acquire a large-scale global historical archive of social media data, providing the full text of all public social media posts, across all countries and languages covered by the social media platform,” the contract bid synopsis states.
According to RT, the posts acquired must be public, and won’t contain the personal information of who posted it. However, the records must include the time and date at which each message was sent and the public user handle of the person who posted it.
The data will be drawn from 200 million unique users in at least 100 countries, with no individual nation taking up more than 30% of the overall sample base.
If this seemingly benign operation still seems sketchy, it isn’t unreasonable to think that way- in recent years, the US Department of Homeland Security sought to keep tabs on social media “influencers” and track 290,000 global news sources in over 100 languages.
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