Monday, February 05, 2007

MySpace and similar sites help solve crimes

A story by Martin Kasindorf in USA Today, Feb 5, 2007, p A3, "Websites host wealth of crime-solving clues" indicates a constructive use of social networking sites. Crime victims and sometimes companies post video of crimes in progress on MySpace profiles or similar sites. A number of students rioting at the University of Massachusetts were arrested based on cell phone videos posted by other students. Police have been tracking social networking sites, YouTube, and sometimes other personal sites for several years. On occasion, persons post valuable tips on these sites or send them to site owners.

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