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Social Media Helps Reporters Cover Crimes

Kevin Roose writes for The New York Times, “Typically, the first step in investigating a breaking news situation playing out on social media is to save and screenshot everything you can find. Social networks often act quickly to remove the pages of named suspects in high-profile crimes. And if you want to study these accounts, you need the raw material. …

“Sometimes, once you find one piece of a social media trail — say, a username or alias used on one website — you can use it to find other pieces. Other times, you hit a dead end. I have a small toolbox of apps and utilities I turn to in situations where I need to dig deeper into a given person’s social media presence. …

“People reveal themselves online, and social media is also increasingly where extremists are radicalized. In the context of a violent crime, it’s often much more useful to know which memes a suspect was posting on Facebook than where he worked, what kind of car he drove, or which bands he listened to. …

“Social media will never give a full measure of a person’s motivations. But as more people live more of their lives on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, it’s increasingly important to understand the contours of these networks, including the darker corners where violent behavior can take root.”

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