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Taming the Wild West

The New York Daily News had an interesting story today about a new NYPD unit devoted to following social media websites.  As the Daily News reported, the new unit will “mine social media, looking for info about troublesome house parties, gang showdowns and other potential mayhem, sources said.”

It has been fascinating to watch the role social media has played in the world over the last few months.  To the Middle East uprisings to the London riots, social media has the power to unit freedom fighters and criminals alike and the NYPD has always been innovative in how they try to spot and reduce crime.

We’ll continue to watch this for further reports about this unit.

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