Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mind Your (Criminal) Tweets

So, we have all seen footage of the Worlds Dumbest Criminals and snickered at the sheer stupidity of the hapless criminal. Apparently, lessons have not been learned and there are still those who just cannot resist boasting of their criminal activities on social media. Enter NYPD, who are on the case trawling the popular social networking sites for such discussions. Should be like shooting fish in a barrel.

If you're going to commit petty larceny and you want to get away with it, you probably shouldn't create a Facebook event to mark the occasion. And unless you're referring to a Tupac song, you probably shouldn't hashtag a tweet #gangsterparty. The NYPD has formed a new social media unit to nab crooks who talk about their crimes, including gang activity on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.

The New York Daily News reports that the new juvenile justice unit will "mine social media, looking for info about troublesome house parties, gang showdowns, and other potential mayhem."
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