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Twitter: The new face of crime

www.usatoday.com Published: September 29, 2013
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Crime has a new face: Twitter.

Political extremists, criminals and gang members are advertising their wares, flaunting their exploits and recruiting new members in 140 characters or less, according to law enforcement authorities, criminologists and security experts.



The most shocking example occurred a week ago when the extremist group al-Shabab live-tweeted about the mall siege in Kenya, defending the mass killing, threatening more violence and taunting the military.

But the list is long — and growing — of those using Twitter and other social media venues for nefarious purposes.


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