NC colleges secretly tracked posts of students during protests (2022)

A new report shows seven North Carolina universities monitored social media platforms to keep an eye on things like protests or crimes.

Seven North Carolina colleges secretly tracked social media posts of students, protesters

(Video) 7 NC colleges secretly tracked students online, report finds

A new report shows seven North Carolina universities monitored social media platforms to keep an eye on things like protests or crimes.

>> WXII 12 NEWS AT 6:00 STARTS RIGHT NOW. LINDSAY: A TEENAGER IS SET TO BE CHARGED WITH MURDER, AFTER TWO TEENS WERE FOUND DEAD IN ORANGE COUNTY. KENNY: LINDSAY CLEIN JOINS US IN STUDIO WITH THE LATEST ON THE INVESTIGATION. LINDSAY. REPORTER: THE ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID IT HAS IDENTIFIED A 17-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT IN THE CASE. AND FILED A JUVENILE PETITION OF TWO COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AGAINST THE TEENAGER. 18-YEAR-OLD DEVIN CLARK AND 14-YEAR-OLD LYRIC WOODS BODIES WERE FOUND SUNDAY OFF BUCKHORN ROAD BY MEN ON ATV’S. CLARK WAS A STUDENT AT EASTERN ALAMANCE HIGH SCHOOL. WOODS WAS A STUDENT IN ORANGE COUNTY. WE SPOKE TO CLARK’S MOTHER YESTERDAY. SHE TOLD US AT THE END OF THE DAY, SHE WANTS ANSWERS FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SON. >> FINDS JUSTICE AS TO WHY BOTH OF THESE KIDS GOT BRUTAL THE WAY THEY DID, THE REASON WHY THIS HAPPENED. REPORTER: ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF CHARLES BLACKWOOD SAID IN A STATEMENT, QUOTE, WE WILL NOW WORK WITH LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO APPREHEND AND PRESENT THE SUSPECT TO THE COURT SYSTEM REPORTING IN THE STUDIO, LINDSAY CLEIN, WXII 12 NEWS. KENNY: ANOTHER BIG STORY WE ARE FOLLOWING THIS EVENING, THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HAS A NEW HOME. >> THE ACC IS MOVING ITS HEADQUARTERS FROM GREENSBORO TO CHARLOTTE. OUR TEAM HAS YOU COVERED TONIGHT. MARIA DEBONE, SPOKE TO GREENSBORO LEADERS ABOUT THE IMPACT IT WILL HAVE ON THE TRIAD. BUT FIRST, WE GO TO SPORTS DIRECTOR LAUREN WALSH. LAUREN, WHAT FACTORED INTO THIS DECISION? >> WELL THE ACC SAYS THERE ARE MANY FACTORS, BUT THE BIG ONES SEEM TO BE PROXIMITY TO A LARGE AIRPORT HUB, POPULATION TRENDS, AND FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS, AND IN THE END, THE CONFERENCE FELT THAT CHARLOTTE CHECKS ALL THOSE BOXES, THE ACC IS LEAVING ITS HOME OF 70 YEARS IN GREENSBORO AND HEADING TO THE QUEEN CITY, THE ACC CHARLOTTE ERA WILL BEGIN IN 2023, THE MOVE WAS A UNANIMOUS DECISION FOR THE CONFERENCE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MORE OF THOSE KEY FACTORS IN THE DECISION INCLUDE, LOCATION WITHIN THE EASTERN TIME ZONE, ANTICIPATED BENEFIT TO THE ACC BRAND, AND POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. CHARLOTTE, GREENSBORO, AND ORLANDO FLORIDA WERE ALL FINALISTS FOR THE HEADQUARTERS LOCATION. IT’S A LOSS FOR THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, BUT MANY LOCAL FANS ARE HAPPY TO AT LEAST KEEP THE LEAGUE HEADQUARTERED IN NORTH CAROLINA. CHARLOTTE ALREADY HOSTS THE ACC FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, AND HAS HOSTED THE MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 13 TIMES, WE’LL HAVE MUCH MORE INFORMATION AND REACTION ON THE ACC’S MOVE LATER IN SPORTS, BACK TO YOU. >> ARE RIGHT LAUREN, THANK YOU. HOW WILL THE ACC MOVE, AFFECT GREENSBORO? CITY LEADERS ARE WEIGHING IN. KENNY: WXII 12’S MARIA DEBONE TALKED TO THE MAYOR AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON THE IMPACT OFTHE MOVE. MARIA? REPORTER: FOR ALMOST 70 YEARS SINCE 1953, THE ACC HEADQUARTERS HAS BEEN HERE IN GREENSBORO. THOSE I TALKED WITH SAY THEY’RE DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THEM LEAVE THIS AREA BUT ARE NOT SURPRISED. >> IT’S DISAPPOINTING BUT WHATS IMPORTANT IS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PRESERVE THE TOURNAMENT PLAY BECAUSE THAT’S REALLY QUITE FRANKLY WHERE WE MAKE OUR MONEY AND IT’S ALSO WHERE WE GET THE EXPOSURE. REPORTER: MAYOR NANCY VAUGHN AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT AND CEO BRENT CHRISTENSEN SAY THEY DON’T THINK THE MOVE WILL HURT SPORTS TOURISM IN THE AREA. >> WE ARE A TOURNAMENT TOWN, WE HAD 18,000 AAU ATHLETES, WE HAD THE AQUATIC CENTER FULL ALL THE TIME, WE HAVE HUGE AMEATUR YOUTH ATHELTES. WE GOT SOCCER OUT OF RYAN PARK, WE GOT TENNIS, NO ABSOLUTELY NOT >> I THINK WE ARE A COMMUNITY THAT’S REALLY BLOSSOMING IN TERMS OF SPORTS TOURISM. YOU’RE SEEING US COMPETE FOR SPORTS TOURISM EVENTS ON A WORLD STAGE THESE DAYS. REPORTER: THE ACC CITED A NUMBER OF REASONS FOR THE MOVE INCLUDING ACCESS TO THE ACC MEMBER SCHOOLS, POPULATION SIZE, AND MORE. REPRESENTATIVE JON HARDISTER WHO REPRESENTS GREENSBORO SAID QUOTE, AS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF GUILFORD COUNTY, I REGRET THAT THE ACC HAS CHOSEN TO RELOCATE TO CHARLOTTE, BUT I AM GLAD THAT THEY ARE STAYING IN NORTH CAROLINA. WHILE THIS IS NOT IDEAL FOR OUR COMMUNITY, THERE WILL STILL BE MANY TOURNAMENTS PLAYED IN OUR AREA, AND THE ACC WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON GREENSBORO. >> I THINK THE ULTIMATE LOSS IS THE OFFICE JOBS THAT WE WILL LOSE BECAUSE OF THEIR RELOCATION AND I THINK THAT’S IN THE 50 RANGE BUT AGAIN WE’LL KEEP THE BIG MONEY MAKING OPPORTUNITIES WHICH ARE THOSE ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS. WE’LL CONTINUE TO SEE THAT REVENUE, WE’LL CONTINUE TO HAVE THOSE EVENTS. >> HE SAID IS SAD THEY ARE LEAVING GREENSBORO THERE WAS TALKS OF IT BEING MOVED TO FLORIDA. SHE IS JUST HAPPY TO STAY IN NORTH CAROLINA. LIVE IN GREENSBORO, MARIA DEBONE, WXII 12 NEWS. KENNY: STICK WITH US AS WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE ACC’S MOVE, AND IT’S IMPACT ON OUR REGION. YOU CAN FIND THE LATEST INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE WXII12.COM. A HIGH POINT MAN HAS BEEN ACQUITTED AFTER SHOOTING SOMEONE IN THE FACE AT A WINSTON-SALEM BAR. LAST WEEK, A JURY ACQUITTED MIKKCOS QUICK OF ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. QUICK GOT INTO A FIGHT WITH A MAN AT THE SILVER MOON SALOON THAT SPILLED OUTSIDE TO THE BAR’S PATIO IN JUNE LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS. QUICK’S ATTORNEY ARGUED HE WAS NOT THE AGGRESSOR AND WAS ACTUALLY DEFENDING HIMSELF. THE JURY AGREED. QUICK WAS CONVICTED ON A LESSER CHARGE OF CARRYING A CONCEALED GUN AND DRIVING WITH A REVOKED LICENSE. >> A TRIAD SCHOOL HAS BEEN CLEARED AFTER A SHELTER IN PLACE THIS MORNING. POLICE TELL US LEXINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS LOCKED DOWN AFTER A BOMB THREAT WAS POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AROUND 9 THIS MORNING. ACCORDING TO THE DISTRICT, THE SCHOOL WAS CLEARED OF ANY POTENTIAL SAFETY CONCERNS FOLLOWING A SEARCH BY A K-9 OFFICER, AROUND ONE THIS AFTERNOON. THERE HAS BEEN AN UPTICK IN THREATS AGAINST SCHOOLS. SEVERAL SCHOOLS IN IREDELL AND CABA’RRUS COUNTY WERE EVACUATED TODAY BECAUSE OF BOMB THREATS. AND JUST LAST WEEK, THREATS WERE REPORTED AT THREE SCHOOLS IN ALAMANCE COUNTY. KENNY: THREE MEN ARE NOW IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO SEPARATE OVERDOSE DEATHS IN THE TRIAD. IN ALAMANCE COUNTY, RONALD JOHNSON AND AARON PARSONS ARE CHARGED IN A CASE THAT HAPPENED IN BURLINGTON IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR. JOHNSON WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY AND CHARGED WITH DEATH BY DISTRIBUTION. PARSONS WAS MONDAY AND CHARGED WITH AIDING AND ABETTING. BOTH MEN ARE IN JAIL ON A 200,000 DOLLAR BOND. IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, A SUMMERFIELD MAN IS FACING CHARGES IN AN OVERDOSE DEATH THAT HAPPENED IN JUNE. DEPUTIES ARRESTED WILLIAM CROWE YESTERDAY. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TELLS US THEY BELIEVE CROWE SOLD DRUGS TO JAMES HOLDER. HOLDER LATER DIED OF AN OVERDOSE AT A HOME ON OLD MILL ROAD IN SUMMERFIELD ON JUNE 6. CROWE IS IN JAIL ON A 250,000 DOLLAR BOND. >> A MASSIVE PROPANE TANK WAS STOLEN IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, BUT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE BELIEVES IT MAY HAVE BEEN BY ACCIDENT. CHECK IT OUT. THIS 300 GALLON TANK WAS TAKEN A WEEK AGO FROM A PROPERTY ON HIDDEN LAKE DRIVE IN REIDSVILLE. THE TANK HAS RED STRIPES ON IT. DEPUTIES BELIEVE THE TANK WAS REMOVED BY A TRUCK AND CRANE. >> IN MY 40 YEAR CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER SEEN A CASE WHERE AN LP TANK, AS SUCH AS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT 330 GALLONS OR BIGGER, HAS BEEN TAKEN WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORIZATION. SO AGAIN WE BELIEVE THAT WHOEVER PICKED THIS UP PROBABLY DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT IT DIDN’T EVEN NEED TO BE REMOVED. >> ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS URGED TO CALL ROCKINGHAM COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS AT 336-349-9683. KENNY: NEW AT 6:00, CITING THE FIRE AT THE WINSTON WEAVER FERTILIZER PLANT, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITISTS SAY THE EPA ISN’T DOING ENOUGH TO REDUCE HAZARDS AND PREVENT CHEMICAL FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS. COMING CLEAN AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE HEALTH ALLIANCE FOR CHEMICAL POLICY REFORM RELEASED A 19 PAGE REPORT TODAY, PROFILING THREE CHEMICAL INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED WITHIN WEEKS OF EACH OTHER INCLUDING THE FIRE AT WINSTON WEAVER. THE FIRE BROKE OUT AT THE END OF JANUARY CAUSING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO EVACUATE, EMITTED UNSAFE LEVELS OF AIR POLLUTION, AND NEARLY TRIGGERED A DEADLY EXPLOSION. IN THE REPORT, THE GROUP SAYS MANY HIGH-RISK FACILITIES LIKE THE WEAVER FERTILIZER PLANT ARE NOT COVERED BY CHEMICAL DISASTER PLANNING OR PREVENTION REQUIREMENTS UNDER EPA’S CURRENT RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. IN AUGUST, THE EPA PUBLISHED PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THIS PROGRAM AND AMMONIUM NITRATE IS NOT INCLUDED. THE REPORT CALLS ON THE EPA TO EXPAND THE RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM TO INCLUDE AMMONIUM NITRATE THAT WAS AT WINSTON WEAVER. ALSO REQUIRE FACILITIES TO CONSIDER, DOCUMENT AND IMPLEMENT SAFER CHEMICALS AND TECHNOLOGY, AND ALSO TAKE MEANINGFUL STEPS TO PREPARE FOR A BACKUP PLAN IF THINGS GO WRONG. COMING CLEAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE HEALTH ALLIANCE FOR CHEMICAL POLICY REFORM IS A PART OF A BROADER COALITION THAT PLANS TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS AT VIRTUAL HEARINGS HELD BY THE EPA NEXT WEEK. >> IN COMMITMENT 2022, WE ARE LESS THAN 50 DAYS AWAY FROM THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. BUT ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? TODAY IS NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECRETARIES OF STATE, STARTED THE EVENT IN 2012. IT’S A COORDINATED EFFORT FROM LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO URGE PEOPLE TO REGISTER TO VOTE. HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND OF PEOPLE TAKE PART EACH YEAR. IN NORTH CAROLINA, YOU HAVE 24 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER TO VOTE. THE DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 14. AFTER THIS DATE, ONLY SAME-DAY REGISTRATION DURING ONE-STOP EARLY VOTING IS AVAILABLE. YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE OR IN PERSON AT THE DMV OR BY FILLING OUT A VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION AND SUBMITTING IT BY MAIL. THOSE APPLICATIONS CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT NCSBE.GOV, OR AT YOUR COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS. A KEY MID-TERM RACE WE ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON, IS THE U.S. SENATE SEAT UP FOR GRABS. REPUBLICAN TED BUDD IS SQUARING OFF AGAINST DEMOCRAT CHERI BEASLEY. THIS SEAT OPENED UP AFTER SENATOR RICHARD BURR ANNOUNCED HE’S RETIRING THIS YEAR. THE LATEST POLLS SHOW BOTH CANDIDATES ARE LOCKED IN A NEAR DEAD HEAT RACE. FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS STOPPING IN NORTH CAROLINA ON FRIDAY TO CAMPAIGN FOR BUDD. THE RALLY WILL BE HELD AT THE AERO CENTER AT WILMINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. KENNY: NEW AT 6:00, RANDOLPH COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT DR. STEPHEN GAINEY WILL BE STICKING AROUND A WHILE LONGER. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MET LAST NIGHT AND VOTED TO EXTEND DR. GAINEY’S CONTRACT THROUGH JUNE 30 OF 2026. THEY ALSO AWARDED HIM A 4% SALARY INCREASE, WHICH IS IN LINE WITH THE INCREASE GIVEN TO TEACHERS FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR. A NON-PROFIT AUTISM RESEARCH CENTER IN THE PIEDMONT TRIAD RAISED FUNDS TO SUPPORT THEIR MISSION, OVER LUNCH, EARLIER TODAY, AT THE MILLENIUM CENTER. THE ABC OF NORTH CAROLINA LUNCHEON FEATURED JENNIFER COOK, AN AUTHOR WITH AUTISM AND RELATIONSHIP COACH FEATURED ON NETFLIX. ATTENDEES HEARD INSPIRING STORIES FROM FAMILIES WHO HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE LIFE-CHANGING SERVICES AT ABC IN WINSTON SALEM. COOK SAYS HER GOAL IS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT AUTISM. >> TO SEE FOLKS WATCH THE SHOW AND SAY THAT REMINDS ME OF ME OR THAT REMINDS ME OF MY FRIEND OR MY MOM OR MY BROTHER AND HAVE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND AWARENESS OF WHAT AUTISM ACTUALLY IS AND WHAT IT’S NOT AND WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, WE’RE ALL LOOKING FOR THE SAME THINGS. RESPECT, KINDNESS AND A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE. KENNY: OUR VERY OWN GENERAL MANAGER MICHELLE BUTT SPOKE AT THE EVENT. THE ABC OF NORTH CAROLINA HAS BECOME THE FIRST AND ONLY AUTI

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Seven North Carolina colleges secretly tracked social media posts of students, protesters

A new report shows seven North Carolina universities monitored social media platforms to keep an eye on things like protests or crimes.

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A new report shows seven North Carolina universities monitored social media platforms to keep an eye on things like protests or crimes.Watch WXII in the video above. Our NBC affiliate WRAL has tracked the use of social media monitoring for years in schools.A new report from the Dallas Morning News, as part of the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), of which WRAL is a participant, looked even deeper.Results by Ari Sen show seven North Carolina universities participated in the controversial tracking:North Carolina State UniversityUniversity of North Carolina Chapel HillEast Carolina UniversityNorth Carolina A&T UniversityUniversity of North Carolina AshevilleDuke University Wake Forest UniversityNC State University told WRAL “The product was used to identify possible threats to the university."Meanwhile, Wake University stated they used it during the tearing down of a confederate statue to monitor protests. And UNC-Chapel Hill requested the assistance of state law enforcement to create a geofence leading up to an anti-abortion rally/North Carolina Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Orange County) said the wording of contracts with the tracking organization -- Social Sentinel -- is "disturbing.""This is absurd," Meyer said. "Universities are using technology to spy on their own students in order to quash protests?"NC State freshman Bridgette Pullium said she isn’t as concerned."In the world we live in today with technology and all that stuff, it’s kind of easy for people to get access to all that information even on social media platforms," Pullium said. "So, for the college to have access to that, I don’t really see a problem with it."

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A new report shows seven North Carolina universities monitored social media platforms to keep an eye on things like protests or crimes.

Watch WXII in the video above.

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Our NBC affiliate WRAL has tracked the use of social media monitoring for years in schools.

A new report from the Dallas Morning News, as part of the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), of which WRAL is a participant, looked even deeper.

Results by Ari Sen show seven North Carolina universities participated in the controversial tracking:

  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • East Carolina University
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • University of North Carolina Asheville
  • Duke University
  • Wake Forest University

NC State University told WRAL “The product was used to identify possible threats to the university."

Meanwhile, Wake University stated they used it during the tearing down of a confederate statue to monitor protests.

And UNC-Chapel Hill requested the assistance of state law enforcement to create a geofence leading up to an anti-abortion rally/

North Carolina Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Orange County) said the wording of contracts with the tracking organization -- Social Sentinel -- is "disturbing."

"This is absurd," Meyer said. "Universities are using technology to spy on their own students in order to quash protests?"

NC State freshman Bridgette Pullium said she isn’t as concerned.

"In the world we live in today with technology and all that stuff, it’s kind of easy for people to get access to all that information even on social media platforms," Pullium said. "So, for the college to have access to that, I don’t really see a problem with it."

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