Yahoo News reports:
The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.
The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public.
The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as “inflammatory” postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.
Read the full article. What a weird story. The operation doesn’t appear to be focused on potential violations of mail laws.
Exclusive: The U.S. Postal Service is running a “covert operation program” to monitor Americans’ social media posts, reports @janawinter.
It’s called iCOP.
— Sharon Weinberger (@weinbergersa) April 21, 2021