The 5% rule

“Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service,” The Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2016 A1.

Twitter prohibits third parties from selling Twitter’s data to the government for “surveillance purposes.”  Dataminr (5% owned by Twitter) analyzes the entire Twitter feed on a real-time basis and sends out alerts.  Dataminr informs US intelligence agencies that it will no longer sell (give? provide?) the government access.


  • Twitter owns your Tweets.
  • Twitter monetizes its ownership of your information.
  • There’s value in mining the Twitter feed for breaking issues.
  • Twitter restricts the ability of its vendors to resell Twitter’s information.
  • Twitter recognized that giving the government access to this information might not be viewed favorably by Twitter’s users.

What’s the over/under bet on how long Twitter is allowed to deny this to the intelligence community?

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