Monday, March 11, 2019
he Trump administration has been quietly maneuvering to use Facebook and Twitter to spy on people collecting federal disability payments, The New York Times reported.
Social Security revealed in a budget request last year that it planned to study whether to use surveillance of social media to "expedite the identification of fraud," according to the Times. The paper cited unnamed sources who said the White House and Social Security officials have been working since then to strengthen the proposal.
The aim is to use a form of federal surveillance to monitor social media posts of Social Security disability payment recipients to see whether they're really disabled.
Critics say social media photos and posts may be a poor representation of someone's disability. Judging a mental health issue from a photo, for example, would be nearly impossible.
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