Poilce Surveillance of YouTube

YouTube is a website where someone can post a video and get thousands of “hits” within a couple of weeks. Almost everyone uses YouTube whether it is a look at or for something, or to post a video. So because YouTube is such a popular social media website, it is important to know that YouTube is constantly being under surveillance by the police to find suspects. Because of this, it is very important to be careful not to upload videos that might get yourself or others into trouble. My research is also important because society should be informed of what is happening in their community and what they can do to help. Police departments in recent years have been posting surveillance videos of criminals on YouTube, so checking with their web pages to see if you can identify any suspects, could possibly be very helpful. What I am adding to this research is information on if whether posting these videos, or the police surveillancing YouTube has actually been beneficial in anyway. I am also adding if the police department’s time and money has been going to good use for these types of cases.

Throughout history there has been many advancements to technology, with one major one being the Internet. The Internet came along in the 1960’s and is used daily by millions of people throughout the whole world. One thing that has come the invention of the Internet is social networking websites which is a form of social media that can be defined as an online means of communication that is used by large groups of people to share information, ideas, personal messages and even videos. Social networking seemed to first become popular with the creation of MySpace in 2003, and then next came Face Book in 2004, and currently Twitter has taken over the social networking world, which was created in 2006.

YouTube, which was created in 2005, is a social media site that allows you to upload and share media such as pictures and videos with the public. It is classified as a social media website because it has over 1 billion users each month, you are able to communicate, share information, ideas and personal messages with others. You may upload your own or watch other users videos, which allows you to comment, share, and like those videos, and you can also create your own profile and playlist within the website.
Over the years, since social media has become apparently popular, police departments have been using these websites by posting videos on YouTube, posting pictures and/or a status on Face Book or making a tweet Twitter. They do this so the public could help identify criminals or give them some leads from crimes that were committed. They also find social media helpful by monitoring these sites for alarming tweets, statuses, videos or pictures.

Over the years, since social media has become apparently popular, police departments have been using these websites by posting pictures and/or a status on Facebook or making a tweet on Twitter. They do this so the public could help identify criminals or give them some leads from crimes that were committed. They also find social media helpful by monitoring these sites for alarming tweets, statuses, videos or pictures.

Some people, even police departments have been complaining about the money being spent on these types of investigations and don’t approve or understand why this type of strategy is even being used. They prefer for crimes to be solved the “normal” way and that social media and social networking sites should not be a strategy for the police departments to be using and spending money on. But in actuality, these sites have been actually helping police departments tremendously in solving some crimes.

There are a few examples which show that social media, specifically YouTube, helping police departments with solving crimes. The first is a YouTube video of a woman that she posted herself of her bragging about stealing a car and then robbing a bank. In the video she shows the keys of the car that she stole, and also showed all of the money that she robbed from the bank. This video was then brought to the attention of the police department and they sent out a notice asking if anyone knew who she was. Her ex-mother-in-law and ex-husband saw the video and the notice and ended up turning her in, which then led to her arrest.

Another example is also a YouTube video, but instead of it being posted by the criminals themselves, it was the police who posted a video of two guys who were robbing a convenient store, which was caught on tape. The police posted the surveillance video on YouTube so the public could give them some tips on who they might be. There were several hundred comments left, and a few of them had names of people it could be. The police then did their research and ended up making an arrest based on the comments that were posted by the public.

These are a few examples of how YouTube has helped police departments solve crimes whether it was comments left on the video or phone calls to the actual police departments.

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