Friday, December 30, 2011

Facebook: Police Sacked For Facebook Posts

Facebook on a smart phone
Facebook use by police officers has led to 'a significant blurring' between personal and professional lives, a review has found. Photograph: Oleksiy Maksymenko/Alamy
At least two police officers have been sacked, seven have resigned and 150 faced disciplinary action after posting inappropriate photos or comments on Facebook in the past four years.

Officers used the social networking site, which has 30 million users in the UK, to harass former partners and ex-colleagues, comment on others' wives, and suggest they had beaten up members of the public during protests.

Some revealed details of police operations, tried to befriend victims of crime or were caught in inappropriate photographs, forces said.

The details, released to the Press Association after a Freedom of Information request, came as a review into police corruption found a "significant blurring" between officers' personal and professional lives on social networking sites which risked damaging the service's more