The Army is Secretly Hiring Someone to Spy on Your Tweets

Potential contractor is expected to spy on tweets for evidence of "extremist influence."

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Do you need a job? Are you a savvy tweep with an intuition for trending social media detritus? If so, perhaps you should consider applying to be the US Army's resident Twitter creep.

The army is currently looking to contract someone who can "provide detailed social media research and analysis on-the-ground native research" in order to support mining efforts for a few of its different divisions, including "Headquarters United States European Command, Special Operations Command, associated DoD elements, and interagency partners as needed."

Although the ad is listed as secret, it's apparently open for anybody in the world to view. 

The Army wants the person to scour thousands of tweets to "identify violent extremist influences" around the world, including Africa, Latin America, and southeast Asia, that could affect its European Command, which is "responsible for operations in Europe as well as Iceland, Israel, Greenland and Russia," according to Defense One.  

Furthermore, the position calls for someone who can provide "customized social media website development and execution." 

The ad features a tab titled "Packages" that assumingly details compensation, but additional privileges are apparently needed to access it.


Aaron Cantú is an investigator for the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and an independent journalist based in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @aaronmiguel_
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