The Biden administration is reportedly considering contracting outside firms to track ”extremist” chatter online in order to circumvent legal restrictions on the surveillance power of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security.
While the move would expand the government’s intelligence gathering capability, it would also add fuel to the widespread criticism of the government’s vast surveillance power and spawn possible legal action over the monitoring of Americans, CNN reported, citing sources.
The DHS is limited in its ability to surveil Americans on social media sites without strong justification and is prohibited from using false identities to get access to private messaging apps used by groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, the report said.
The federal government is only allowed to browse through the public information on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Members of the Proud Boys during a rally to call the results of the 2020 presidential election into question.James Keivom
To get around those restrictions, the federal