Is Social Media Surveillance the Virtual Stop-and-Frisk? New Study by Desmond Patton

November 02, 2017

As the inescapability of social media erodes the boundary between public and private spheres, law enforcement faces new questions about online surveillance. Almost all police agencies use social media for criminal investigations. But when police track activity on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, to what extent do they profile the same racial and ethnic groups that they disproportionately target in real life?

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