POLICE DEAL WITH FIVE FACEBOOK COMPLAINTS EVERY DAY
Lisa Hodge EXCLUSIVE • Published 15 Jun 2012 09:30
Shocking impact of social network sites on local policing
POLICE in Irvine are having to deal with at least four or five Facebook-related incidents every day, according to a top cop.
Local Authority Liaison Officer Garry Muir says officers from Irvine Police are called to scores of complaints relating to social networking sites on a weekly basis.
Incidents include threats made on people's social media pages as well as bullying and other forms of anti-social behaviour.
Just last month officers were called to a house in Bourtreehill after a party spiralled out of control when party-goers advertised the event on Facebook.
Speaking at an Irvine Area committee meeting last week, Mr Muir said: "We are dealing with four or five Facebook-related complaints each shift. We deal with Facebook complaints on a daily basis and it's only growing.
"Facebook is a global problem but we are having to deal with things on a local level.
"They are usually incidents of threats or bullying, that kind of thing but recently we had an incident in Bourtreehill where there was an invitation to a party posted on Facebook and within two hours there was about 400 people there."
This article appeared in Irvine Times 13 Jun 12