13:07 May. 9, 2016
Dataminr's analytics service tracks tweets, geotags and posting patterns to pinpoint breaking events in real time
Twitter has barred U.S. Intelligence agencies from their Dataminr service, which analyzes the entirety of its social media posts and notifies clients of significant and breaking events in real time.
Dataminr trawls through public Twitter feeds and claims to have picked up on the terror attacks in Brussels 10 minutes before any news outlet.
Twitter, which owns about five percent of the company, was worried it would appear too close to US intelligence, according to an official who confirmed the move with the Wall Street Journal.
According to the company's website, Dataminr is a 'leading real-time information discovery company' that utilizes key words, geotags, and patterns of proliferation to helps clients identify the most relevant information.
In 2013, the service was used to scan for potential threats to Obama's second-term inauguration. Full story