Tweets Is Watching: NYPD Forms Special Social Media Unit
NYPD to scour Twitter, Facebook and Myspace for criminal activity
As if your suspicious girlfriend or nosey roommate weren't enough, the NYPD are now going to be looking at your online behavior to see if you are up to no good.
Inspired by how London police are using social media to track down looters, the NYPD are adopting similar tactics naming 23-year old gang specialist Kevin O'Conner an assistant commissioner and putting him in charge of their juvenile justice unit. He and his staff will monitor social media hoping to come across rowdy house parties, gang fights and other random mayhem. O'Conner is credited for solving shooting cases via people talking and/or bragging about the ordeals on Facebook. Preventing them? Eh, no so much.
The NYPD is taking pride in getting answers behind three isolated incidents where people were either shot or stabbed to death by finding the perps on Twitter and Facebook. But the fact remains that the victims were not saved. They are hoping that O'Conner's nose for STFUs and WTFs tags to house party flyers can help keep crime to a minimum.