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article imageOp-Ed: The NSA joins tumblr, why it's important

By Syra Sharif     Aug 23, 2013 in Internet
Tumblr, the microblogging site that is popular with many and was recently acquired by Yahoo, is growing amongst the corporate crowd. The latest to join tumblr is the NSA, amongst speculation that it has been spying on US citizens without their knowledge.
The move is likely part of an effort to gain trust back in the public. After the onslaught of info coupled with the media circus surrounding Edward Snowden, it is no surprise then that the NSA has decided to move onto a site where more people are casually spending their time. The tumblr blog, IC on the Record, was created at the direction of President Obama with the purpose of “providing immediate, ongoing, and direct access to factual information…carried out by the U.S. Intelligence Community.”
The type of material which will be released on the tumblr will mostly be official statements and the like. Amy O’Leary mentioned in her New York Times article that this is similar to what was already being done on the web site. Which raises the question, why create a tumblr in the first place? As O’Leary notes, “…Government entities have been turning to tumblr, as well as other social media platforms, to freshen their image and revamp their tools for reaching the public.” As it stands, the NSA could use more leverage in reaching out to the public, in order to prove that they are not a threat as many may have now come to believe.
As reported in The Guardian and according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden, it has been revealed that the NSA is able to have access to databases under legal authority. This would in turn allow for access to citizens’ email and phone accounts. This is the loophole which the NSA has used to their advantage.
In a New York Times article, a finding of a secret court in 2011 revealed that the NSA was “sharply rebuked” for repeatedly misleading the court. The recent release of the ruling, which is 85 pages, is under the Freedom of Information Act and was the latest in an effort by Obama to gain control over any discoveries made particularly those prompted by Edward Snowden.
In this case, can the government be trusted? This is a question many are asking themselves as the weeks go by. The NSA is using tumblr now in an effort not only to branch out, but also to regain trust. America needs not only trust, but security. Both cannot be found together.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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