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Criminal Justice & Legal System

How far should police go in monitoring social media?

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Emails released by the governor's office indicate that Michigan State Police are monitoring social media for threats against public officials.

Emails recently released by Gov. Rick Snyder's office indicated that Michigan State Police were aware that a Copper City man made a potentially threatening Facebook post against Snyder over the Flint water crisis. 

The Flint Journal reports that a state police senior intelligence analyst alerted commanders about the post. The man who wrote the post was on probation after being involved in a 12-hour armed standoff with police.

There was an effort to charge the man with violating his probation, but a judge ultimately decided not to move ahead with the violation. 

Rachel Levinson-Waldman is senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. Levinson-Waldman joins us to talk about security, privacy, and surveillance in the age of social media.

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