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Crime doesn’t pay: Two Examples of Social Media’s involvement with Crime

Fed Request: Accept/Decline
For a new interesting use for Facebook, the FBI and the most popular website in the world have a partnership of sorts. Meaning the Feds use FB to aid in catching criminals. Any criminals dumb enough to brag about their exploits on social networking sites have now been warned: the next Facebook “friend” who contacts you may be an FBI agent. So you may want to reconsider the ‘accept’ button on that fed-I mean-friend request.
US federal law enforcement agents have been using social networking sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter to search for evidence and witnesses in criminal cases, and in some instances, track suspects, according to a newly released justice department memo. So be careful what your updated status is cause it may come back to bite you. Why? Because FBI agents have created fake personalities in apparent contravention of some of the sites’ rules in order to befriend suspects and lure them into revealing clues or confessing, access private information and map social networks. So that really cute girl, or boy, who really wants to know everything about your every move and then meet you randomly may not truly be who they say they are. Not like anyone who hasn’t seen a lifetime movie in the last 10 years hasn’t found that out.
Agents can examine photographs for guns, jewelry and other evidence of participation in robbery or burglary, and can compare information on Facebook status updates and Twitter feeds with suspects’ alibis. Friend lists can yield witnesses or informants. Everything can be used against you in the online social realm.
Man Wears “Sign of Shame” as Punishment
A few weeks ago, an Indiana man, Dennis Brooks, who sent an obscene message to a teenager on (once thought to be dead) MySpace was ordered to wear a sign on his back, publicly professing his crime around his small town. It gives the title social networking a new meaning in my book.
The 41 year old pleaded guilty to a Class-D felony for intentionally sending obscene material that was harmful to a minor. He posted an obscene message on a 17-year-old female’s MySpace page in August 2009. In addition to the felony charge, Dennis got as part of his punishment, the wonderful punishment from the judge to walk up and down Main Street wearing a sign of shame. The sign read, “I sent an obscene message to a minor, and I am truly sorry.” In addition the sandwich board, he had to write an apology to the victim, perform 125 hours of community service, and serve one year of probation.
The point people check the birthday of that cute person on facebook or MySpace if you use it before you too may have to wear the sign of shame and be posted on the internet because of it. I guess that’s one way to check off two things off your to do before I die list: 15 minutes of ‘fame’ and a felony conviction…

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