Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible

vietnam protestOctober 25, 2013

RT News

A partnership between police departments and social media sites discussed at a law enforcement convention in Philadelphia this week could allow law enforcement to keep anything deemed criminal off the Internet—and even stop people from organizing protests.

Former federal prosecutor-turned-Facebook security chief Joe Sullivan was scheduled to speak during the conference at a panel entitled “Helping Law Enforcement Respond to Mass Gatherings Spurred by Social Media,” and suggested that agencies could be partnering with tech companies to keep users of certain services for communicating and planning protests and other types of demonstrations.

Kenneth Lipp, an independent journalist who attended the lecture quoted from the head of the social media group for the International Association of Chiefs of Police “95.9 percent of law enforcement agencies use social media, 86.1 percent for investigative purposes”.

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