EVERY time we hear the terms "social media monitoring," "special algorithms," and "geo fencing," we shudder. @NYT looks into companies that claim to do the impossible #OSINT #Security

Schools are wasting valuable budgets on broken promises...

From the New York Times:

"More than 100 public school districts and universities, faced with the prospect that the next attacker may be among their own students, have hired social media monitoring companies over the past five years, according to a review of school spending records. And each successive tragedy brings more customers: In the weeks after the Parkland attack, dozens of schools entered into such contracts, even though there is little evidence that the programs work as promised....

...Rather than asking schools for a list of students and social media handles, the companies typically employ a method called “geofencing” to sweep up posts within a given geographic area and use keywords to narrow the pool."

Pardon the Sourced interruption, but WHO USES GEOFENCING IN 2018?!

The article continues "Social Sentinel struggled to weed out posts from the Twitter account of a nearby liquor store, records show. “I cannot recall a single incident that we used Social Sentinel to pursue some type of security threat or anything like that,” Mr. Pompano said. “If something doesn’t work, we’re not going to stick with it.” ...Patrick Larkin, an assistant superintendent in Burlington, Mass., said he receives alerts on his phone in real time from Social Sentinel. “Nineteen out of 20” come from people who are not even his students, he said earlier this year."

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