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Why Twitter is blocking the government from using a data-mining tool
Twitter doesn't want to be a tool for government espionage.
I'm Bridget Caret, this is your CNET Update.
Twitter has cut off US intelligence agencies from accessing a data service that sorts through every tweet providing trend analysis.
The service is called, Data Miner.
And many companies including news organizations subscribe to it to get alerts of when events may be unfolding based on tweets popping up on the network.
That means it could be used to detect a terror attack in real time, but here's the twist, Twitter says Says it has never authorized the company behind Data Minor to sell its data to government agencies for surveillance.
Yet, some government agencies are paying to use it.
The Wallstreet Journal broke the story and spoke to sources that said Twitter is putting pressure on Data Minor to cut off government agencies.
So, why does Twitter care who uses the data?
Well, now that we are living in a post Edward Snowden world.
Technology companies wanna make sure they distance themselves from government agencies as to not appear that they are helping spy on their users.
Twitter and other tech companies need you to trust them with your data.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the social networking pond, you may have noticed a new option pop up on Facebook this Sunday.
Facebook added a thankful reaction alongside the icons for like, love and emoji faces.
The thankful reaction flower appeared on Mother's Day.
I've reached out to Facebook to ask if it's permanent or temporary, but as of filming this report, Facebook has yet to reply.
And Facebook isn't just focused on flowers.
The next Network is rolling out a new section in groups called Discover.
It helps you find more groups that may catch your interest.
It also shows groups that your friends joined.
There are many categories of groups, including some for buying and selling items.
But one thing you won't be able to buy is Facebook branded food.
A Chinese company registered a trademark for the name, Face Book, two words, but the social network fought and won the trademark battle.
What would a Facebook drink even taste like?
Probably has a shallow taste yet it seems filling with a full bodied self absorbed aroma.
Every few sips of unwanted flavor just pokes at your tongue.
And it pair well side of judgement from your family and coworkers.
That's all for this segment of roundup.
You can head to cnet.com for the latest.
From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Kerry.
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