“TweetSmart” – a campaign organized by Washington police

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As police representatives explained, even the need to communicate of people is strong now and this is a fact justified, spreading some information may be sometime inappropriate and even dangerous. “It’s a real safety issue, not only for officers but anyone in the vicinity,” said Nancy Korb, a social-media expert at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. At the same time, “all members of the public may not understand the implications of tweeting out a picture of SWAT team activity,”she added to be more explicit. It was determined that tweets have interfered with investigations. As an example, social-media speculation and reports challenged Boston police during the search for the marathon bombers. The police has its own task to prevent – as it is possible- the spread as fake assumptions. They know this and they try to get public-safety information out quickly thinking this will help minimize rumors and speculation. The “TweetSmart” campaign received various feedback reactions. Some have called the effort a step that could lead to censorship; others dismissed it as silly.
Others simply understood the message and did not comment anything.

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