SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)—In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston police asked the public via Twitter to provide tips to help find the suspect. But they’ve also been asking people to exercise some restraint with social media.
The positive thing about Facebook, Twitter and social media is that it gets the public involved in solving a crime. It’s an excellent way of crowd sourcing and distributing video, pictures and gathering tips.
On the other hand one of the particular concerns that the police have is how people tend to send out information on actual police activity. They have feared that it could give away what they’re doing, that it could jeopardize the officer’s safety and that the suspect could be monitoring social media to their benefit.