US intelligence agency FBI has turned its guns towards social networking sites for monioring individuals. It appears that law enforcement officials may use the social networking site as a new source of surveillance. The US Department of Justice sent out a PDF that confirmed that they plan to use Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter as a new way to monitor individuals.
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While it is not clear exactly how the government will track criminals on the social networking sites, many believe that they will use fake friend requests to gain information about their targets. Also, in the PDF that was released, the Department of Justice revealed that Facebook is quite open with the government when it comes to releasing information. On the other hand, Twitter has more of a reputation for only releasing information when an individual is facing legal proceedings.
This is obviously not the first attempt by the government to use the internet to follow criminals. In the past, the FBI has followed sexual predators online.