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.
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There has already been several incidents where people have been incarcerated thanks to evidence on social networks, I expect this trend to become more common as authorities step up their online efforts. Criminals can’t help but brag about their crimes and social networks is the best pace for that.