Wouldn’t it be nice if independent bloggers and journalists could do their work without constantly being harassed by social media giants and federal departments claiming to be combating fake news? Perhaps one day this will become a reality, but not today.
Last month, Big Law Business reported that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now working to build a massive database on Internet journalists, editors, foreign correspondents and bloggers as a means of identifying what they consider to be top “media influences.” To do this, the DHS is seeking assistance from a contractor to help it monitor traditional news sources on social media and identify “any and all” news coverage relating to the department’s operations, according to a request for information that was officially released to the public on April 3 of this year.
Ultimately, the goal is to track over 290,000 global news sources, including everything from online content to print to radio, as well as several local, national and international publications that have a prominent presence online. Additionally, the DHS is looking to be able to track media information in a wide range of languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian, and then instantly translate those sources to English.