Snitching has gone digital. German police have solved crimes by posting line ups online with Facebook. Don’t be living foul because the Facebook is talking. Hit the jump for the full story.
Facebook Helps ID Suspects!!
Police lineups in Germany have gone digital, with Hanover Police asking people to identify photofits of crime suspects on its Facebook page.
The police department has nabbed eight criminals since March 2011 when it started crowdsourcing suspectsâ€™ photos via Facebook for its pilot manhunt called â€œFahndung via Facebook.â€ The success has prompted the rest of Germanyâ€™s law enforcement to consider using Facebook in the same way.
The Hanover Police Department wrote this on its Facebook wall: â€œDear Facebook Community, We are pleased with the positive response to our pilot. [It helps] us greatly if you â€˜shareâ€™ the witness calls and messages.â€
While police have seen success, citizens of Germany arenâ€™t so sure of the departmentâ€™s new suspect identification method. Some are concerned the wrongly accused may face undeserved public scrutiny that suspects wouldnâ€™t receive if the photographs were kept confidential. Additionally, photofits â€” the digital method of constructing a suspectâ€™s image based on a witnessâ€™ description â€” arenâ€™t always accurate.
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