‘Internally Monitor Suspicious Keywords,’ Ex-Home Secretary Tells Social Media Giants – 6 March 2015

RT logoA former home secretary has called upon social media firms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to internally monitor the use of suspicious words on their platforms.

Speaking to theBureau of Investigative Journalism, David Blunkett said companies “need to take some responsibility internally for watching what’s going on,” adding they should alert authorities if suspicious words are used repeatedly.

The former home secretary said companies should not be expected to simply hand over information, saying that would be “completely improper,” but said there should be a protocol for them to alert authorities of potentially suspicious behavior.

“Where we [the company] identify a prima facie worry that someone is using terminology or indicating a particular pattern, we will let you know that this communication is taking place. It is now up to you to get a warrant if you want to access content.

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