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'Twitter squads' to tackle crimes

British police may have to employ "Twitter Squads" if crimes involving social networks continue to rocket, a top cop has warned.

social media Updated: Dec 29, 2012 00:21 IST

British police may have to employ "Twitter Squads" if crimes involving social networks continue to rocket, a top cop has warned.

New figures have revealed that complaints of crimes involving Facebook and Twitter have increased 780 percent in four years, resulting in more than 650 people being charged this year.

According to the statistics released by 29 police forces in England, Scotland and Wales under the Freedom of Information Act, the phenomenon of social networking crime was comparatively minor in 2008 with 556 reports made to police.

According to the statistics released by 29 police forces in England, Scotland and Wale, the phenomenon of social networking crime was comparatively minor in 2008 with 556 reports made to police.