Spy agencies in every major country use social media for open-source intelligence gathering and manipulation. This is a fact.

Apple is one of the only big tech companies that has tried to protect American consumer privacy, but it’s also not widely known that Steve Jobs was once a card-carrying CIA badge member.


Quite a different story.

Welcome to China, home of TikTok. Screenshot from YouTube and CBN News.

From CBS News

Google (GOOG) has been a partner with the CIA since 2004, when the company bought Keyhole, a mapping technology business that eventually became Google Earth. In 2010, Google and In-Q-Tel made a joint investment in a company called Recorded Future, which has the Minority Report-style goal of creating a “temporal analytics engine” that scours the web and creates curves that predict where events may head.

Google is already helping the government write and rewrite history. Here, from its transparency report, are some stats on the amount of information it has either given to the government or wiped from the web-based on requests by US agencies:

  • 4,601 requests from US government agencies for “user data
  • Google complied with government requests for user data 94% of the time.
  • 1,421 requests for “content removal
  • Google complied with content removal requests 87% of the time.

Read the full CBS News article published in 2011 here.