Leaked documents show how law enforcement has kept tabs on demonstrators since anti-police-brutality protests first broke out after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody.
Police exchanged protesters’ Twitter handles, monitored protest plans in private Slack and Telegram channels, and kept lists of people who responded to protest events on Facebook, the documents show.
Records also show law enforcement focusing heavily on perceived threats against officers’ lives posted to social media, including planned attacks against police that never materialized.
The sensitive police documents were obtained by hackers and first leaked earlier this month in a data dump known as “BlueLeaks” by DDoSecrets, a Wikileaks-style publisher.
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As nationwide protests against police brutality and racism stretch into their second month across the US, newly leaked documents show how law enforcement is using social media to keep tabs on protesters.
Police departments and federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security exchanged information about protesters gleaned from social media, the documents show. Police monitored RSVP lists on Facebook events, shared messages posted in private Slack channels, and even exchanged tips about protesters using encrypted messaging apps like Telegram.
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