Social Media Monitoring: Can It Prevent School Shootings? Cybertraps 129

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 -   The Uvalde School Shooting -- A Trove of Social Media Content       -   Gunman posted ominous photos of rifles and other messages on Instagram       -   He privately messaged a young woman that he planned to attack an elementary school       -   He used Yubo to threaten school shootings and show off a rifle   -   Context       -   Social media is one element of a complex problem       -   Uvalde already used security tech, including:           -   Raptor Technologies, for monitoring visitors           -   Social Sentinel, for identifying social media threats       -   Challenges posed by new, less-easily monitored online channels           -   Increased use of end-to-end encryption even on more well-established sites, like WhatsApp, Apple Messenger, Signal, etc. Facebook wants to make E2E encryption the default for Instagram and Facebook Messenger as well. Law enforcement is opposed.           -   FaceTime           -   Yubo           -   Snapchat           -   Instagram direct messaging           -   Discord           -   Twitch           -   "They are fundamentally designed to keep communications private, presenting different challenges than Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, where violent screeds and videos have been algorithmically amplified to millions of viewers."           -   "The way that generation uses social media more generally could render years of work to spot and identify public signs of upcoming violence obsolete, social media experts warn."   -   Responses       -   Culture of cybersafety       -   Department of Justice School Violence Prevention Program may provide funding           [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-invests-more-87-million-grants-address-school-violence](https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-invests-more-87-million-grants-address-school-violence)       -   Increased interest in social media surveillance products           -   No solid evidence that they work           -   May have built-in racial biases in algorithms           -   Helps to create a culture of surveillance           -   Conditions children that surveillance is the norm           -   Creates conditions (cameras, metal detectors, full-time police presence) that can make school feel like a prison           -   Surveillance technology more commonly used to punish minor infractions       -   Use of AI and algorithm-driven products           -   Facial recognition           -   Gun detection systems (scans of security camera footage)       -   Pandemic has driven surveillance in effort to keep kids masked and socially-distanced       -   Researchers argue that surveillance measures lower student performance   -   Resources       -   Dr. Glenn Lipson       -   #2022-06-02 The problem with schools turning to surveillance after mass shootings           [https://www.vox.com/recode/23150863/school-surveillance-mass-shooting-texas-uvalde](https://www.vox.com/recode/23150863/school-surveillance-mass-shooting-texas-uvalde)       -   #2022-05-28 Chilling new footage shows Texas gunman Salvador Ramos during shirtless video call with 15-year-old German girl on social media app Yubo - days before he told her about his school massacre plans           [https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10862893/Uvalde-gunman-threatened-rapes-school-shootings-social-media-app-Yubo-weeks-massacre.html](https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10862893/Uvalde-gunman-threatened-rapes-school-shootings-social-media-app-Yubo-weeks-massacre.html)       -   #2022-05-28 Texas gunman had threatened school shootings on social media, reports say           [https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/28/texas-gunman-threats-behavior](https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/28/texas-gunman-threats-behavior)       -   #2022-05-27 The Gunman in Uvalde Left Multiple Hints Before His Attack Began           [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/27/us/uvalde-gunman-social-media.html](https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/27/us/uvalde-gunman-social-media.html)       -   #2022-05-26 As young gunmen turn toward new social networks, old safeguards fail           [https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/05/26/shooters-social-media/](https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/05/26/shooters-social-media/)       -   #2022-05-22 NYC Mayor Eric Adams slams social media after Texas school shooting           [https://nypost.com/2022/05/25/eric-adams-slams-social-media-after-texas-school-shooting/](https://nypost.com/2022/05/25/eric-adams-slams-social-media-after-texas-school-shooting/) 

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