Watch Yo’ Tweets: NYPD Forms Twitter & Facebook Task Force

QOTD: Is This An Invasion Of Privacy?

According to the Urban Dictionary¬† A twatcher is someone who just reads other peoples twitter feeds and doesn’t contribute anything of their own to the conversation.

Instead of the annoying crush or the overly protective boyfriend: the police may not be watching your Twitter and Facebook posts…if you live in New York.

Under Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the NYPD has made wide use of technology, and it’s helped in a number of cases, including:

  • * In March, Anthony Collao, 18, was fatally beaten in an anti-gay attack at a Woodhaven, Queens, house party advertised on Facebook. Calvin Pietri, one of six arrested, bragged about the murder on Facebook, authorities said.
  • * Also in March, a feud over a $20 loan for diapers played out on Facebook and ended with Kayla Henriques, 18, accused of stabbing to death her friend Kamisha Richards, 22, in East New York, Brooklyn.
    In May, a man was shot dead at a Queens junior high reunion that drew hundreds of unexpected revelers when word of the bash went viral on Twitter.

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.

I’m all for the police trying to help solve crimes by using innovative methods, but how far is too far? Will they pursue cases of people posting illegally downloaded music to their profiles?
On the other hand people should be careful what they post online anyway – some of yall like to OVERSHARE! We do not need to know you dumped Shae because she was “a low-down dirty shame” and took Lisa out last night at her job to get back at her. Use discretion, it may mean the difference between a criminal justice case or just the court of public opinion.

Sound off – Is The NYPD right or wrong?

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