#YoureUnderArrest. The use of social media in nabbing criminal suspects is truly on the rise. A mother in Charlotte, NC has been arrested for helping her teen son take part in a viral “fire challenge” stunt, after a video of the incident popped on social networking sites. Meanwhile, police are using social media’s rapid reach to track down suspects. In Bedford, MA, police nabbed an alleged bank robber after circulating high-quality surveillance photos of him on social media, and in Stockton, CA, surveillance videos posted online helped police speedily arrest a homicide suspect.
Are you for real? Some “members” of social media sites appear to be fake identities, replete with stock-photo profile pics and strange off-topic posts. Reportedly, some of these fake profiles may have been created by law firms searching for new clients. Although false online personas are not illegal, social networking sites and government agencies alike are cracking down on them with greater vigor.