NYPD Forms Social Media Unit To Monitor Facebook and Twitter

NYPDRocco Parascandola reports in the NY Daily News:

The NYPD has formed a new unit to track troublemakers who announce plans or brag about their crimes on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook. Newly named Assistant Commissioner Kevin O’Connor, one of the department’s online and gang gurus, has been put in charge of the new juvenile justice unit. He and his staff will mine social media, looking for info about troublesome house parties, gang showdowns and other potential mayhem, sources said.

The power of social media to empower both criminals and cops has been on full display in London this week, where riots and looting have been spreading dramatically. The rioters have been using Twitter and BlackBerry messages to choose targets for looting or burning – and to alert one another about police positions.

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  • Hadrian999

    if you talk about crimes or operation on an open facebook or twitter account you deserve to get caught.
    the old motto To Know, To will, To Dare, To Remain Silent applies very much to modern revolutionary activity and crime as well

  • Hadrian999

    if you talk about crimes or operation on an open facebook or twitter account you deserve to get caught.
    the old motto To Know, To will, To Dare, To Remain Silent applies very much to modern revolutionary activity and crime as well

  • Hadrian999

    if you talk about crimes or operation on an open facebook or twitter account you deserve to get caught.
    the old motto To Know, To will, To Dare, To Remain Silent applies very much to modern revolutionary activity and crime as well

  • DeepCough

    If ever you needed an excuse to shut down your Facebook or Twitter account, now would be it, friend.

  • DeepCough

    If ever you needed an excuse to shut down your Facebook or Twitter account, now would be it, friend.

  • Anonymous

    Big Brother in the Big Apple.

  • Jin The Ninja

    Big Brother in the Big Apple.

  • Someone

    fuck that.

  • Someone

    fuck that.

  • Someone

    fuck that.

  • StillAtMyMoms

    It just goes to show that we have always been under a tyranny from the get go.  If there is an outlet that allows us to be truly free and independent, you bet your ass the ruling class will regulate it.  I would wager the claim of these recent riots in the UK and Egypt that were spread by social networking was fabricated by the MSM.  Sorry for sounding like Alex Jones, but it’s the truth.  Go back to bed, America. 

  • StillAtMyMoms

    It just goes to show that we have always been under a tyranny from the get go.  If there is an outlet that allows us to be truly free and independent, you bet your ass the ruling class will regulate it.  I would wager the claim of these recent riots in the UK and Egypt that were spread by social networking was fabricated by the MSM.  Sorry for sounding like Alex Jones, but it’s the truth.  Go back to bed, America. 

  • respect cult

    cant say “bomb” on a plane and now not online ! well that blows :D

  • respect cult

    cant say “bomb” on a plane and now not online ! well that blows :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/drgarylgreen Gary Green

    I hope people feed these NYPD Big Brother pricks so much disinformation that they give up chasing their own tails and close this unit down.  Seriously, fuck the pigs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drgarylgreen Gary Green

    I hope people feed these NYPD Big Brother pricks so much disinformation that they give up chasing their own tails and close this unit down.  Seriously, fuck the pigs.

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