Report: FBI Wants Backdoor Access to Social Networks


The Washington Post reports that the FBI has requested access to the backdoors of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, among other sites, citing its "right to observe messages and activity in almost any website or service that enables communication.”

The Post reports that the process would be similar to the one that viruses or hackers use to infiltrate our lives every day. The probe would go beyond George Orwell’s iconic dramatization in 1984, because the FBI would also survey personal thoughts posted in emails, Facebook chats or Yahoo messages.

The FBI is moving quickly into the social media realm.

On Jan. 19, the FBI released a document looking to create a monitoring system on social networks, including the “ability to instantly search and monitor key words and strings in all publicly available tweets ... and any other publicly available social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, etc.).”