Among words to avoid saying online: ‘team,’ ‘pork’(?)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The London Daily Mail reports on a list of words that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security uses to troll the Internet, including social media, for potential threats.

Among words that might grab analysts’ attention: “pork,” “power,” “dock,” “gas,” “team” and “target.” But there are hundreds more.

DHS was reportedly forced to release the list after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

According to the Mail, DHS “insisted the practice was aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.”