Queen's University

Facebook hinders police investigations

2010-03-19

Queen’s PhD candidate Daniel Trottier is available to discuss the ways in which Facebook and other social networking sites may hinder police investigations like the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Belleville’s Jessica Lloyd.
“Services like Facebook and Twitter complicate investigations by allowing anybody to share information - credible and otherwise - in a public forum,” says Mr. Trottier. “This can have dangerous consequences, especially since nobody knows who else has access to it. The fact that it’s so open means that media bans are a lot more difficult to enforce."
Mr. Trottier’s research focuses on the emergence of new surveillance practices through social media. He has conducted a series of semi-structured interviews to assess the impact of sites like Facebook on relations between individuals, institutions, and corporations.
To arrange an interview, contact Kristyn Wallace at (613)533-6000 ext 79173 kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at (613)533-6000 ext 77513 michael.onesi@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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