Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has laid down the law on what his 35,000-strong force can post on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.
According to a memo obtained by the New York Daily News, Mr. Kelly handed down the iron-fisted rules in a three page announcement declaring that neighborhood precincts can no Read More
If you received a new friend request recently, and it wasn’t from a foreign spammer or a Taliban official posing as a hot chick, there’s now a chance that it’s an NYPD officer. According to the New York Daily News, the NYPD recently instituted its first official guidelines for using social media to benefit investigations, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has decided that spying on people using fake Facebook profiles is a-O.K. Consider it the online version of stop-and-frisk. Amurica!
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.