WTF: Are You Next on Facebook’s Hit List?

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Facebook hit lists?

Three [Colombian] teens who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say. Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it. [...]

Authorities also are offering a reward of 5 million pesos for information on the killings.

~ by Arthur Brice, CNN

The Hit List:

Posted August 17, the hit list contained the names of 69-name targets in addition to the three who have been killed giving them a “3 day period to leave the town of Puerto Asis or be executed“, said Volmar Perez Ortiz, a federal official whose title is defender of the public.

The Police:

Until the executions occurred, the police simply thought it was a joke or a stupid prank!

“3 out of 4 Tips via Twitter” – Dutch Chief of Police

Around a year ago, I wrote a post called Social Media Forces Helping Police Clean Up Psychos. In a nutshell, the post was about a few occurrences where Twitter and blogs seem to have saved the day through relaying information about criminals!

Now, this phenomenon seems to be spreading more and more and even the police started to depend on social media in their quest for capturing criminals and unveiling the truth. Here’s the latest story:

A chief of police in Holland wrote on his blog, he believes that, within a few years, Twitter will be more important than TV when asking the public to help them solve crimes/find criminals. He refers to a case of the recent assault of a 13-year old where three quarters all of all tips were received through Twitter and led to the imminent arrest of the alleged culprit.

Apparently, the impact of Twitter vs. the television was highly impressive, even to the police themselves were amazed!

Dutch Police on Twitter by Town [translated from Dutch]

Dutch Police on Twitter by Town (translated from Dutch)

If you can read Dutch, here’s a link to the main article (since I could not find it in English and the translation is weak): Click here.

Otherwise, I would love to hear your opinion about this: Does this piece of news encourage you to create a Twitter account? Do you feel safer that the police have more backup now that the social media “forces” are here?

Looking forward to reading your feedback in the comments section :)

International Campaign Against Honor Crimes — Learn SM

According to UN, over 5000 women and girls are killed every year by family members in so-called ‘Honor Killings’. This campaign was created to call attention to this and help put an end to it!

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Anything you “Tweet” can & will be used against you!

The Library of Congress announced this week that it will archive the billions of tweets published since Twitter launched in March 2006. Is it a waste of money and time?

IBM’s Crime Prediction Software — Goodbye, human rights?

IBM’s Crime Prediction Software — Goodbye, human rights?

Crime Statistics

The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice will use analysis software from IBM to predict crime by young delinquents, putting potential offenders under specific prevention and education programs. Goodbye human rights!

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Nick Shantazio Using Facebook to Locate His Brutal Attackers! [video]

Mr. Nick Shantazio was attacked by TWO men as he was peacefully hanging posters at the local movie theater! His violent attackers, who managed to bruise him really badly, are no where to be found! In order to locate the attackers, Nick chose the police PLUS Facebook!

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10 Content Crimes You Should Avoid Committing!

10 Content Crimes You Should Avoid Committing!

Making up Rumors!

What kind of content has the power to drive people away from your site? What content related flaws might cause visitors to disregard the mere thought of reading your posts? What are the most annoying mistakes you can do in content writing?

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NYPD Teaches Criminals a New Way to Fool the Legal System: Facebook Updates!

NYPD Teaches Criminals a New Way to Fool the Legal System: Facebook Updates!

Criminals & Theft

If you really take a moment to contemplate the elements of any crime, you are sure to find that any criminal, despite his/her "experience in the field" would be smart enough to have someone else change the status update in order to establish an alibi!

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User Manual: What to Expect When Using Social Media?

User Manual: What to Expect When Using Social Media?

Be Ware of Spam!

A categorized list pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly which one must expect to encounter through his/her use of social media channels, tools and platforms.

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“Social Media Forces” Helping the Police Clean Up Psychos!

“Social Media Forces” Helping the Police Clean Up Psychos!

Is there a definite end to the world of crime? Sadly but truly, the answer to this question is an equally definite “No”. Let me ask you something: How many of you spend numerous hours, daily, watching those crime-related series such as NCIS, CSI, Cold Case, NYPD and many others? I for one, used to [...]

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