While most of us are using Facebook to post yet another photo of our dog or wish someone we haven't talked to since high school the happiest of birthdays, the FBI is using it for a much higher purpose: It's asking users to help catch an alleged killer.
The agency posted a wanted poster on its Facebook page for a 22-year-old man who is wanted for allegedly stealing $2.3 million out of his employer’s armored car and fatally shooting an employee. It's like a digital edition of America's Most Wanted. And, given the power of social media these days, this guy doesn't have a prayer.
Already, the page has more than 440 likes, 150 comments, and 450 shares. It's only a matter of time before the post gets shared enough times to catch the eye of someone who's actually seen the suspect or has a tip for the search -- which is exactly what the FBI is banking on. It's kind of a genius way to get the word out. Before you'd have to walk into a post office to see the wanted poster (does anyone do that anymore?). But now this information is accessible via your smartphone or computer.
Of course, as with anything on the Internet, there are plenty of comment trolls, like a certain guy named Rick who posted: "Bad boys bad boys what you gonna do when they come for you..." And there's the very not helpful post by Sajid who said, "I saw him yesterday walking with President Obama." *Sigh.* It takes a really special person to troll the FBI page and mock a guy who killed an innocent person. But that's the Internet for you.
Hopefully, the FBI can sort through all the crap, get some helpful tips, and catch this guy. And who knows? If social media broadcasts turn out to be a successful way to catch suspects, soon law enforcement officers won't even have to leave the office. They can just send out a blast on Facebook, and the criminals will be tracked down in no time.
Do you think this is a good way to catch a killer?
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