Words Not To Say Online: Sick, Wave, Cops, Smart, Ice, Worm and Many More

Abby Zimet

Proving the Feds are even busier monitoring social media than perhaps you imagined, the watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center has posted the Department of Homeland Security “Analyst’s Desktop Binder,” a 39-page manual listing hundreds of seemingly innocuous words - along with some obviously problematic ones like Al Qaeda, though why any Al Qaeda operative would actually use them is beyond us - that could get you into trouble. God bless the Freedom of Information Act. Wait. Can we say "freedom," "information," and "act"?

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