>> What's happening?>> Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have provided huge platforms for groups like #BlackLivesMatter to spread their message across the country. But they may also have helped authorities telescope their movements. According to an ACLU report out Tuesday, photos and location information, even friend lists shared on these sites were sold to an outside broker that turned around and sold the Intel to police forces tracing the protestors.
Geofeedia is the company that bought and resold that data. It pitches itself as delivering surveillance information to 500 law enforcement agencies. Reuters Tech Editor Jonathan Webber.>> They were using data from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram essentially to identify and track people who were taking part in the anti-police protests around Ferguson and Baltimore.
So they were basically getting from this company that had the full feed data and then they were kind of sorting through that to sort of find where people were and who these people were so that they could arrest them or stop them.>> Facebook and Twitter shut the company off from that information after the ACLU informed them of how it was being used.
>> The companies, both, cut off that data broker and suggested, somewhat indirectly, that they were in violation of the policies under which they were receiving that feed. So the company suggested that they weren't really allowed to sell it to law enforcement in quite that way.>> The ACLU says Facebook and Twitter should have known what was happening before the civil rights group alerted them.