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‘A new stasi system’

In 2016 members of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit created what they themselves termed ‘a new stasi system’ to ‘vet’ members and supporters in an effort to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, an internal party report, leaked this April, has revealed.

A web app was produced that could scrape Twitter and Facebook for tweets, retweets, shares and comments matching various search criteria, and then match them to profiles of members and supporters’ and a list of ‘banned phrases’ was created that could trigger action.

The latter included the term ‘war criminal’ (because of Tony Blair).