Human Rights Lawyer Warns Activists About Cops Lurking on Facebook
October 2, 2012
Political activists should watch what they say on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, British barrister and humans rights expert John Cooper QC told The Independent on Monday.
Social media is the “next big thing in law enforcement,” Cooper explained. He told the newspaper police are actively surveilling activists online and are increasingly astute with social media platforms.
“People involved in public protest should use social media to their strengths, like getting their message across. But they should not use them for things like discussing tactics. They might as well be having a tactical meeting with their opponents sitting in and listening.
“For example, if antifascist organizers were discussing their plans on social media, they can assume that a fascist organization will be watching. Social media sites are the last place you want to post something like that,” he told The Independent.
Cooper said “activists are putting themselves at more risk. Police will be following key Twitter sites, not only those of the activists but also other interesting figures. They know how to use them to keep up with rioting and to find alleged rioters.”