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A lot of familiar faces were among the sources the NSA has been pulling data from: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Apple, AOL, Skype, Facebook, You Tube, and … Among all of the oh-so-obvious outlets is Paltalk, a company that the NSA has been monitoring since December 2009 – longer than it’s been looking at AOL, Skype, Apple, or You Tube.
So what exactly is this little-known app, and why does the United States Government care so much about it?
There’s no quantifying amount of extremist activity that made Paltalk an NSA target, but a few interesting instances over the past few years definitely raised Paltalk’s radar on the terrorist-threat front.
While Paltalk has shown traces of harboring terrorist activity (or maybe, more accurately, traces of people who talk about terrorist activity), does that make it all that different from a variety of other sites and social apps?
Ones that are have a bigger users base and arguably more impact? It’s difficult to imagine that Paltalk has more content that the U. government wants access to than these sites – but clearly, something has motivated the NSA to be keeping a watchful eye on Paltalk over the past four years.
Paltalk does not provide any government agency with direct access to its servers.” Like other social apps and sites, Paltalk says that it will comply with the government when necessary.
“We have not heard of PRISM,” Paltalk told us in a statement.