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Facebook and Twitter Boost Police Stats

Friday August 19 2011




SOUTH Yorkshire Police say their use of social media during a time when rumour was rife about rioting and looting has help quash speculation.
Social networking platforms including Twitter and Facebook have been credited with helping South Yorkshire Police inform residents about potential community disorder in the region during the recent riots in England.
South Yorkshire Police's tweets during the time saw its followers rocket from 3,000 to just under 10,000.
Charles Perryman, Chair of South Yorkshire Police Authority, said: "It appears that, while social media tools have been blamed by some for helping to organise disturbances in other parts of the country, they have been a definite success story here in South Yorkshire for all involved - the public, the police force and the Police Authority."
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