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Police use social networks to monitor G20 protestors

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Met keeps a close eye on Twitter and Facebook to gauge scale of disruption

Rosalie Marshall

vnunet.com, 27 Mar 2009

The Metropolitan Police is using social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to monitor protests due to take place in London over the next few days.

Speaking at Scotland Yard yesterday to discuss police plans surrounding the G20 Summit and associated demonstrations, Metropolitan Police commander Simon O’Brien said that tapping into social networks is a “key area of our intelligence gathering”.

“That is where we are picking up a lot of our intelligence about numbers and what certain groups are aiming to achieve,” he said.The protests start on Saturday with a ‘Put People First’ march about the financial crisis, which is being organised by unions and anti-poverty groups. But the Met’s biggest concern is demonstrations taking place on 1 April, the day before the G20 Summit begins.  –more–

Written by morris

March 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

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