Archive for February 3rd, 2010

February 3rd, 2010

Facebook care, fact!

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Facebook has been on the news a bit recently. There was the guy who had escaped from prison somwhere & spent weeks on the run taunting police with his Facebook entries. Then the killer of Ben Kinsella, Jade Braithewaite, had his Facebook page removed after taunting his victim’s family from his prison cell.

This week, news of another criminal inside using Facebook to threaten his enemies.

Colin Gunn, jailed on 2006 for a double killing, said on his Facebook page: “I will be home one day and can’t wait to look into certain peoples’ eyes and see the fear of me being here.

I’d have thought that convicted killers would have difficulty accessing the Internet from a prison cell, & a spokesman said serving prisoners do not have access to the Internet except for educational purposes when access is closely monitored by staff, access to social networking sites is prohibited.

A Facebook spokesman said that their rules ban users from harassment or intimidation.

Judging by the amount of work which comes our way on a daily basis, they don’t appear to be very good at policing their own site. It would not be an exaggeration to say that every division in our area gets several complaints about threats & harassment every single day. I guess we attend more Facebook related incidents each day than we do burglaries. If Facebook decided to shut up shop there would be so many police-hours freed up the government wouldn’t know how best to spin the perceived extra-officer news best.