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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/apr/26/elon-musk-twitter-takeover-bought-buys-what-will-change-is-free-speech-at-risk Billionaire’s buyout of social media company reignites debate about leaving the platform but is it too soon to act – and where could you go?
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/apr/14/how-free-speech-absolutist-elon-musk-would-transform-twitter Analysis: Musk’s past musings about Twitter show desire to reshape essence of its business model Free speech should be seen as a good thing, but for a long time now social media users have been more interested in getting social validation for what they say. They would rather go with the crowd than express a unpopular opinion. After all, unpopular opinions might be challenged and criticized. Who wants to risk having their views challenged, who wants to spend time having a detailed discussion on complex issues with plenty of nuance when you can just slap an NHS sticker, Ukraine flag, or whatever the worthy cause of the month is, on your profile and immediately get the dopamine hit of hundreds of likes, retweets, and approval for being such a "good person". The few people who do post interesting, controversial, or different views are frequently attacked, doxed, and hounded for challenging the echo chamber and forcing them to realize not everyone agrees with them. Maybe some people like being in a bubble where everyone agrees with each other but that just sounds dull to me. I like hearing different opinions and seeing controversial takes.
  3. A firearms policeman with a history of controversial Twitter posts has used the social media platform to describe gang members as "animals". Sgt Harry Tangye was commenting on a video that compared gang members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to troops in a warzone. He was criticised for his views on mental health by some Twitter users. Sgt Tangye later apologised for his "bad choice of words". View Full Story
  4. Watchdog calls for 'coherent strategies' online. HMI Zoe Billingham led the inspection The police inspectorate has told forces to make sure social media accounts are in line with their communications strategies. HMICFRS says there is too much variation in how police use websites like Twitter and Facebook. Its call comes a few weeks after at least two forces announced changes to their policies around social media accounts. The watchdog carried out inspections in the last few months of 2017 and released a report this week on effectiveness in policing. The PEEL review, by Zoe Billingham, says: “It is positive that forces are embracing social media (all have some Facebook and Twitter presence and the majority are using YouTube and Instagram). “Our inspection found many examples of excellent and innovative use of social media. “It is important for forces to have coherent strategies for how they use social media and communicate with their communities.” Elsewhere, it notes: “Our analysis suggested that police use of social media communications is not always linked to a force strategy for engaging the public and reducing crime.” Changes to police Twitter accounts have been the subject of debate online in recent weeks after changes to force strategies became apparent. Gloucestershire Constabulary centralised its dog handler accounts following a review earlier this year, shutting down several of them. A spokesman for the force said yesterday that this was nothing to do with HMICFRS. Staffordshire Police Chief Constable Gareth Morgan recently said he is reviewing his force’s approach. On Twitter, he said: “Want more people (& dogs!) involved & talking with the public. Looking to transfer 'unofficial' accounts over to carry on what they're doing. “I am concerned that 'unofficial' and private accounts don't always appreciate that if they're staff they are accountable and responsible for content. Would rather extend 'reach' and support colleagues to get it right.” A force spokesman said the review is not a response to the PEEL inspections. Retired officer Mike Pannett, who helps organise the Police Twitter Awards, told Police Oracle: “Corporate accounts have their place but it would be another PR disaster if - after we’ve lost so many police stations - forces removed individuals who the public can feel a connection with. “At the moment there are many that are great at public engagement. Give advice by all means, but centralising them all would not be a good idea." HMICFRS’s report also calls for more dialogue with the public instead of accounts just “broadcasting messages”, as is the norm at the moment. It noted that officers and staff using individual accounts were more likely to have conversations with people. A recent analysis found that corporate police accounts would benefit from learning from accounts run by popular individuals. View On Police Oracle
  5. The study analysed almost 1.5 million tweets. Corporate police twitter accounts should learn from individual officers’ use of social media, researchers say. A study of almost 1.5 million tweets from 48 corporate and 2,450 non-corporate police accounts, encouraged official social media controllers to embrace the techniques used by more personal police accounts. The Knowledge Media Institute analysis of UK Policing Engagement via Social Media, presented this week at the Evidence Based Policing conference described corporate police accounts as a “one way street.” “One of the key elements that can be observed from our manual analysis of tweets is that non-corporate accounts are more interactive than the corporate ones. “Another observation is that although non-corporate accounts may not have a large number of followers, they tend to have some key followers (e.g., local neighbours). “They know their communities better and they manage to engage their community members by participating in discussions and providing direct feedback to users. “Corporate accounts could benefit from identifying highly engaging police staff members and community leaders, and involve them more closely in their social media strategy,” the report said. The most popular tweets for both types of police accounts used sensitive and respectful humour. But researchers acknowledged the tightrope police Twitter users must walk as misjudging the tone of a comic tweet can result in irreversible reputational damage. Popular tweets were more likely to come from corporate accounts which had been established for a long time but personal account tweets were more likely to attract retweets if they followed many other accounts. This sometimes had the opposite effect for official police twitter accounts- users felt “surveyed” if they noticed a centralised police account was “following” them. For both types of accounts tweets attracting high levels of engagement were longer easy to read, avoided jargon, were highly informative and used pictures or videos. But using mentions had a negative impact on a post’s popularity, the paper said. The researchers found users were more likely to engage with tweets which talked about roads and infrastructure, events, missing people, mentioned locations or aimed to raise awareness about issues such domestic violence and modern slavery. On the other hand, tweets receiving lower engagement talked about crime updates: such as burglary, assault or driving under the influence of alcohol, following requests (#ff) and advice to stay safe. The report said previous research suggests people are more likely to retweet posts about weather conditions, missing people and road problems “since by sharing these messages users feel they are helping others.” The potential for police to engage with the public through social media is being limited as there is often no budget for staff training, the report said. “Nowadays, the public is getting used to seeing companies and organisations using social media 24/7 as communication channels, and have started to expect the same coverage and behaviour from the police. “However, social media is not the main policing communication channel, and the police social media accounts are not active 24/7. “There is therefore a mismatch between what the public expects, and what the police provides.” View on Police Oracle
  6. Donald Trump has retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group. The first tweet from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, claims to show a Muslim migrant attacking a man on crutches. This was followed by two more videos of people Ms Fransen claims to be Muslim. Britain First was founded in 2011 by former members of the far-right British National Party (BNP). The group has grabbed attention on social media with controversial posts about what they deem "the Islamification of the UK". It has put up members to run in European elections and by-elections on anti-immigration and anti-abortion policies, but has yet to secure any seats. It also contested the most recent London mayoral election, receiving 1.2% of the vote. The original video was shared by US conservative commentator Ann Coulter who Mr Trump follows. Ms Fransen has more than 52,000 followers on Twitter. She responded enthusiastically to Mr Trump sharing her tweets. She posted on her account: "Donald Trump himself has retweeted these videos and has around 44 million followers!" "God bless you Trump! God bless America!" she added. The message was also shared on Britain First's Twitter account. Earlier this month, Ms Fransen was charged with using "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour" during speeches she made in Belfast. She will appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday 14 December. Mr Trump's decision to retweet the videos met dismay on social media. Brendan Cox, whose wife, British MP Jo Cox, was murdered by a right-wing extremist who shouted "Britain First" before committing the act, has condemned the action. TV presenter and journalist Piers Morgan, who has called himself a "friend" of the president, tweeted: "What the hell are you doing?" "Please STOP this madness & undo your retweets," he said. The Muslim Council for Britain called on the UK government to "distance" itself from the comments. "This is the clearest endorsement yet from the US president of the far-right and their vile anti-Muslim propaganda," a spokeswoman said. The issue was raised in the UK parliament, and opposition Labour MP Yvette Cooper called on the government to condemn the actions of Mr Trump. But House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it would be wrong to expect the government to immediately respond. Source - BBC
  7. Image copyright US President Donald Trump's Twitter account briefly vanished on Thursday but has since been restored, the social media company said. An employee deactivated the @realdonaldtrump account, it said, clarifying that it had been their last day in the job. The account was down for 11 minutes and Twitter is now investigating. Tweets from Mr Trump, who has 41.7 million followers, have frequently caused controversy. The latest incident has sparked debate about the security of the president's account, given the potential consequences of posts falsely attributed to Mr Trump being published. However, @POTUS, the official account of the US president, was unaffected. Trump tweets come back to haunt him Trump's favourite medium 'Last day' On Thursday evening, visitors to Mr Trump's page for a short time could only see a message that read "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" Image copyright Twitter Image caption Donald Trump has been actively using Twitter to promote his policies and attack his opponents After the account was restored, Mr Trump's first tweet was about the Republican Party's tax cuts plan. Twitter said it was investigating the problem and taking steps to avoid it happening again. It later said: "Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee's last day. We are conducting a full internal review." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41854482 So, it is your last day at your current place of employment. What mischief if any would you get up to?
  8. The Police Service of Northern Ireland reportedly hired a private cybersecurity firm to unmask anonymous Twitter accounts of officers and staff allegedly involved in online racist abuse. Full Story - The Register Unless Twitter are providing the cybersecurity firm with IP addresses, email addresses and other data associated with suspect accounts, how else is this cyber security firm going to unmask these Twitter users? Another option is to go through thousands of tweets looking for clues, but is that really proportionate? Should Police Officers not be allowed to let off steam on Twitter? I can see the justification to identify racist officers but where would you draw the line?
  9. I have noticed a couple of news articles recently like this and this where police officers have received alot of criticism for their views on political/work issues. Recently there has also been issues where officers have been engaging with people like Lee Jasper, Twitter had banned Jasper for a while on Twitter, however he is now back and has retaliated by posting the name and station address of Sgt Harry Trevithick Tangye on his blog post. So generally speaking is Twitter worth the trouble? Should police officers be getting involved in political/social debates on Twitter? Is engaging with the likes of Jasper a good idea? My views are that Twitter is a fantastic tool, i do enjoy reading Tweets which are more than the bog standard cooperate views, and officers tweets their own thoughts gives an interesting insight. But where do you draw the line?
  10. So WYP are going to host this years Police twitter awards. Voting is now open! @policeawards on Twitter has all the relevant info. Cat 7 is Best Informative Police account - I imagine this forum via its Twitter feed will have a strong chance of winning, the Twitter feed is informative, funny and provides links to interesting discussion which is unique on the interweb. I would urge everyone to vote for this forum, its a fantastic resource. Not least one of the founders of the awards is a member of this forum!
  11. Sir Penguin


    We're running a twitter competition to give fellow tweeters the chance to win a £30 voucher for @Police-Supplies and VIP membership on the forum for 1 year. It's free an easy to enter all you need to do is retweet the tweet and follow our twitter account. Good luck!
  12. Britain's biggest police force has set up a controversial unit – dubbed as ‘thought police’ by critics last night – to investigate offensive comments from the internet Full Story - Daily Mail Twitter are infamous for allowing abusive comments in the name of freedom of speech, there must be millions of vile/slanderous comments on Twitter, Twitter regularly refuse to cooperate with authorities in dealing with abuse. How the Police are going to force Twitter to hand over details is beyond me. Most Twitter use fake names as their ID as well so that is another issue. Facebook clearly is different, with more traceable info on open accounts.
  13. Ok so I am just about to take ownership of our Special Constabulary's force wide official twitter account and as this will be a new account solely for the Specials across the force I want it to be well used and effectively utilised. With this in mind I thought that I would get some ideas from everyone on how they are currently used within forces and how effective you think they are. So I guess my questions are; Who are the authors on the account? How often are tweets put out? What sort of content do you send out? Who are the main audience you are appealing to? Anything to avoid?
  14. Found some lost property? Don't hand it in, put it on Twitter, say police
  15. LosingGrip

    Road safety videos

    Hi everyone, As you may know I work with a department whos aim is to reduce the number of KSI's (killed and serious injuries) on the roads in Dorset. I'm looking for any road safety videos that people may have seen that they feel are worth sharing. Doesn't have to be ones made in the UK. If anyone has any, please could you share them below. I'll be sharing them via my Police Twitter Account. Couple that I've shared so far. Thanks.
  16. 1 / 1 Helicopters used by the Metropolitan Police @MPSinthesky 'We have gone from one of the best, most engaging police Twitter accounts to one of the blandest, transmit-only ones in one fell swoop' Paul Gallagher As a rebranding exercise it is unlikely to match the success of Blue Ribbon Sports’ transformation to Nike. A popular Twitter account run by Scotland Yard detailing the work of their helicopter teams changed its name this month after they became part of the National Police Air Service (NPAS). The “brilliantly run” @MPSinthesky, known for its aerial photography of the capital’s landmarks as much as its public interaction, is now @NPASLondon, but many of its 114,000 followers have been critical of the new “robotic and corporate” approach. Former Met Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kirkham said he was “horrified” at the change which he claimed NPAS management is responsible for. “They have apparently decreed that only the Control Room can post tweets and then only basic details of deployments unless they have prior managerial approval,” “All we get now is a tedious list of deployments, with no actual engagement at all. We have gone from one of the best, most engaging police Twitter accounts to one of the blandest, transmit-only ones in one fell swoop.” Former Met officer Mike Pannett said the account had become a victim of its own success and the new “bland” approach would quickly lose the public’s attention. “People want to see the human side of policing and so far this isn’t really happening,” he told the website. “Using social media is a skill – you need someone who has an understanding of police work because that’s what the public want to hear. Having the officers who are actually on the ground running the account has been so successful because it is insightful for the public. “It is all about a bit of humour without being stupid. There’s a danger that senior officers, or whoever, has got a bit worried about the influence of the account as it has so many followers, and they are worried about losing control. “So far the NPAS account looks like it is going a bit robotic. Undoubtedly there is a place for corporate accounts, but the reason this is popular is because it showed the human side of things and was more personable.” The Met said the same people running the old account were in charge of the new one. One of the criticisms is the feed has stopped showing pictures of the helicopters in action instead writing simply what area they are in and what search they are assisting with. Chief Superintendent Ian Whitehouse, who runs the service, said the move to NPAS was “excellent news for the communities of London”. He said: “The whole idea of NPAS is that when air support is required the controllers on the ground make use of the nearest available aircraft. So before, when forces had their own aircraft, if that one was unavailable for whatever reason there was no back up. Now as part of NPAS, if a helicopter is unavailable because it is on another task or grounded for maintenance then there are other aircraft officers on the ground can call on for support.” http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/anger-as-popular-scotland-yard-helicopter-twitter-account-changes-after-rebranding-10167849.html
  17. E29NP

    TPOGC / Twitter

    For anyone TraffIc related and interested, the Traffic Patrol Orphans Gift Club now have an official Twitter account. Their account ID is : @TPOGC
  18. Rocket

    Mugabe Falls

    So, Robert Mugabe had a stumble. Nothing exceptional there, we all do it but what was exceptional was his security allegedly insisting that pictures and video footage of the stumble were deleted. But all it needs is one picture not to be deleted and for imaginative twitter users to get hold of it... If I've missed any, feel free to post them
  19. Chief Bakes

    Twitter Competition

    Ok December has seen us start to focus a lot more around our social media presence and we would like to get you all involved. There will be three prizes drawn, first place will be a voucher for £30 and then two separate £10 vouchers for 2nd and 3rd place for our forum sponsor www.police-supplies.co.uk In order to be entered into the competition you simply need to post the following; We will draw the three winners after the competition closes which is at midnight on 4th January 2015 so get tweeting and don't forget the more times you tweet the above the greater your chances are of winning. We will count every tweet as a separate entry. You do not need to be a member of the forum to enter the competition you simply need to send the above tweet out on your Twitter account.
  20. By Michael Holtz | Christian Science Monitor – Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, took to Twitter on Sunday to weigh in on the debate over race relations and police brutality in the United States. Mr. Khamenei, who often uses his English-language Twitter feed to criticize the US, invoked the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #Ferguson in his most recent series of tweets that suggested the hypocrisy of the US at Christmastime. “#Jesus endured sufferings to oppose tyrants who had put humans in hell in this world& the hereafter while he backed the oppressed. #Ferguson,” he tweeted Sunday, followed by: “It's expected that followers of #Jesus follow him in his fight against arrogants and in his support for the oppressed. #BlackLivesMatter.” In a post on Christmas Eve, the ayatollah likened the police shootings of African-Americans in the US to the Palestinian struggle in Gaza. “If #Jesus were among us today he wouldn’t spare a second to fight the arrogants&support the oppressed.#Ferguson #Gaza,” he wrote. It wasn’t Khamenei’s first time sharing his views on US race relations since police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, inflaming racial tensions and sparking riots as well as peaceful protests. A grand jury ultimately decided not to indict Officer Wilson. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the ayatollah tweeted: "Today like previous years, African-Americans are still under pressure, oppressed and subjected to discrimination. #Ferguson." Some Twitter users responded to Khamenei’s most recent rant by calling him a hypocrite and pointing out Iran’s poor human rights record. They tweeted at him with hashtags such as #AllLivesMatter, #KurdishLivesMatter, #WomenLivesMatter, and #GayLivesMatter. “You’re one to talk,” Twitter user @rudy_beek tweeted. “Try giving your own citizens basic human rights first.” In addition to black lives, @Futiledemocracy said gay lives and apostate lives matter, too. “Let's not pretend you're anything but a violent supremacist,” he tweeted at the ayatollah. Even though Twitter hasn’t verified Khamenei’s account, it's widely understood to be managed by his personal office, the Guardian reports. It serves as a global megaphone for the outspoken leader, who has commented on everything from the CIA torture report and the Occupy Movement to the Israel government and Zionism. The account has more than 91,000 followers. View the article source
  21. November 29 2014 - Source: Mirror Police spark fury after posting picture of officers larking around in children's playground Met Police Sergeant Pete Shaw of the Seven Sisters neighbourhood team in Tottenham, North London, tweeted: “Out and about patrolling the patch #theserioussidetopolicing” Police officers sparked fury last night after posting pictures of themselves larking around at a children’s playground. The men were seen bouncing on rides during a night patrol. One, Sergeant Pete Shaw of the Seven Sisters neighbourhood team in Tottenham, North London, tweeted: “Out and about patrolling the patch #theserioussidetopolicing.” But angry Paddy Wagstaff replied: “Last time my neighbour needed the police you took 2 1/2 hours. No doubt she will think this is hilarious.” Sgt Shaw caused further outrage when he responded to another tweeter who said the equipment was for under-fives. The officer replied: “Well our mental age is about that.” Met Police chiefs said the account was genuine and the tweets were being looked into. A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers from the Seven Sisters Safer Neighbourhood Team based in Haringey were on routine patrol in the Markfield Park police area as part of ongoing activity to target anti-social behaviour. "Local Met Police Service Twitter accounts are a useful tool to engage with the local community and provide residents with another means to contact officers directly. The Tweet has since been deleted.”
  22. http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/aston-villa-fc/aston-villa-news/2012/03/31/police-step-in-after-man-posts-abusive-twitter-message-about-stiliyan-petrov-97319-30663527/ What is it with people and things like this?!
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