Is The IRS Targeting Tax Cheats On Twitter?

Did you file your taxes yet or are you waiting till the last minute like the other half of the United States? Either way, make sure you don’t talk smack about it on Twitter.

Due to more permissive laws around social media monitoring, the IRS may be targeting tax cheats on Twitter – and you don’t want to put yourself in their sights!

According to FOX News, there are reports that the IRS may be checking into individual Facebook and Twitter accounts for improprieties.

And although the agency reportedly says that it will only conduct such monitoring if a tax form raises a red flag, it is unclear where that line is drawn and to what extent they’ll be able to snoop around in your social media accounts.

How could they do this? The same way businesses target specific audiences – keyword searches. And if you’re on Facebook, you’re probably in even more trouble as there are apparently “small loopholes in Facebook privacy settings.”

Outside of THAT, people are wildly, shockingly open about things they shouldn’t be on Twitter and other social media sites. And the Department of Homeland Security is already actively monitoring social media sites for “suspect terms” posted by Americans. So if you think this warning is alarmist, it really isn’t.

We’re guessing there will be a few audits conducted this year thanks to users’ candid tweets (even if active social media monitoring doesn’t take place . . . but it probably will). The government’s efforts to monitor social media channels have that “ripped out of the latest SciFi story” feel lately – and the attempts are pretty aggressive based on the little we DO know.

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So what do you make of all this? Will you be tweeting a little more cautiously about certain things now?

Update: This post was updated using the original source, FOX News, and references to the previous source have been removed. 

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@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.