Antisocial Media

Guard Your Facebooks and Twitters, NYPD Social Media Unit Is Now Official (Thanks for That, London!)

nypd Guard Your Facebooks and Twitters, NYPD Social Media Unit Is Now Official (Thanks for That, London!)

Yeah, dude, they totally saw that Facebook pic.

Back in June, Commissioner Ray Kelly revealed that the NYPD is just as likely as your ex-boyfriend to troll Facebook to see if you’ve been up to anything bad, at least the public events page. “We look at social networking. We’re very much focused on weekend parties,” said Mr. Kelly. Now, it seems, they’ve made it official.

Fresh off the heels of the Catch a Looter Tumblr that attempted to out rioters using political strife as an excuse to get a new iPad (or in some cases what looks like a Tanqueray bottle), The New York Post reports that the police have formed a new unit social media unit “to track troublemakers who announce plans or brag about their crimes on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook.” In London, rioters have been using both Twitter and BlackBerry messages to find targets and outwit the authorities.

It looks like the NYPD is pretty serious about it. They’ve tapped one of the departments “online and gang gurus,” Assistant Commissioner Kevin O’Connor, to be in charge of the “new juvenile justice unit.” (Congratulations, olds! You’re free to do as you please.) Mr. Connor has successfully used social media to catch actual criminals (as opposed to hard parties) in the past. If you see a friend request from him, you know what to do.

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Comments

  1. I’m not sure Catch a Looter is trying out out looters, … I think it’s more just for a laugh…