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How far should police go in monitoring social media?

May 5, 2016

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.