German Police Use Social Media Users to ID Suspects
Germany is taking police lineups online. The Hanover Police asked people to identify photofits of crime suspects on its Facebook page.
The police department has nabbed eight criminals since March 2011 and it started to crowdsource suspects' photos via Facebook for its pilot manhunt called “Fahndung via Facebook.”.
The Hanover Police Department wrote this on its Facebook wall: “Dear Facebook Community, We are pleased with the positive response to our pilot. [It helps] us greatly if you ‘share’ the witness calls and messages."
Could this possibly lead to some of being wrongly accused? Additionally, photofits — the digital method of constructing a suspect’s image based on a witness’ description — aren’t always accurate.