In a released report ZeroFox aimed to identify cyber security and public safety threats to monitor rioting in Baltimore after resident Freddie Gray’s death in police custody
Baltimore cyber startup ZeroFox is facing backlash via social media after the public release of a report released last Wednesday, in which the company singled out protest organizers of the “Black Lives Matter” movement as threats to the security of the city of Baltimore during April’s riots.
So•cial |Me•di•a | Risk | Man•age•ment
/‘sōSHəl/ / mee-dee-uh/ / ’risk/ /’ma-nij-mənt/
1. The process of mitigating or eliminating organizational hazards posed by social media through conducting proactive reconnaissance, continuous monitoring for fraud and cyber attacks and safeguarding social assets against compromise and compliance violations.
The report names specific Twitter users, including two high profile organizers of Black Lives Matter and details the level of threat each of them poses to the city. The report and email communication between ZeroFox and city officials with the subject line:
IMMEDIATE CALL to ACTION: ZeroFOX needs to help Baltimore City ASAP.”
It was released at the end of July through Freedom of Information Act requests by the Baltimore Sun and CityExplainer, an online journalism project by former Sun reporter Gus Sentementes.
The site claims to offer social media risk management and identifies DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie as “threat actors” for whom “immediate response is recommended”. It also describes McKesson and Elzie as “high” severity, “physical” and “#mostwanted” threats due to their “massive following” on social media.
So why are Black Lives Matter organizers highly monitored and labeled threat actors, but Ku Klux Klan members are free to protest without even being considered a threat?