The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said a 17-year-old has been arrested for threatening a crime witness over Twitter, and he may be connected to a notorious Instagram account that revealed the names of victims and witnesses in other criminal cases. Read Full Story Here.
Reporters rarely get all the facts right because the facts are hazy by the time their first stories are posted on the Web, broadcast, or inked onto paper. That haziness doesn't clear until the official investigation is complete. By then the reporters have created a "truth" that persists in the public consciousness.
Not only do social media help agencies establish better community ties, they also provide them with auxiliary networks of support personnel, informants, and sympathetic witnesses.