HHS Seeking Access to ‘Full Twitter Historical Data’

Government wants ‘social media analytic tool’ for ‘ongoing monitoring’

Elizabeth Harrington
The Washington Free Beacon

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a “social media analytic tool” that will give the government access to “full Twitter historical data,” according to asolicitation released on Tuesday.

The agency is seeking feedback for a “possible future acquisition to provide near real time social media analysis.” HHS said it wants to use the tool for “ongoing monitoring” of public health issues.

HHS provides a long list of requirements, including “access to real-time social media posts,” and “access to full Twitter firehose.”

The agency requires an archive that goes back at least five years of “full Twitter historical data.” …

…Within HHS, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for coordinating the department’s “operational response to acts of terrorism and other public health and medical threats and emergencies.”

HHS said OEM’s “Division of Fusion” can use social media as a “non-traditional” data collection tool to respond to health emergencies and natural disasters…



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