I was interested to see that Erica Demarest of DNAinfo Chicago was able to obtain comment from Police Superintendent McCarthy regarding my the report from IACP:
After a panel in Philadelphia last week, reports circulated that a “senior representative” from the Chicago Police Department claimed the city’s cops were working with Facebook to permanently block users who post what’s deemed criminal content.
During the panel — which was hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police — a panelist claimed Facebook could identify and permanently block a person’s phone or computer from using the site.
McCarthy wouldn’t address the claims, but did say Chicago cops use social media to aid in their investigations.
“Obviously, there’s a huge social media component to law enforcement these days,” the superintendent said Monday in the South Chicago Police District station, 2255 E. 103rd St.
But “I don’t want to speak about investigative prowess … because it can compromise some of the advantages that we’re finding.”
The top cop said the police department plans to expand its use of social media in coming years.