Tuesday, February 16, 2010

British Criminals Simply Cannot Get Enough of Facebook

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Reggie Kray and Ronnie Kray are now friends.
  • "Reggie Kray and Ronnie Kray are now friends."
In England, Facebook has deleted the profiles of 30 prisoners, after the office of justice secretary Jack Straw informed them that the inmates had been using facebook to harass their victims, the Guardian reported last week.

(Infamous mobster Colin Gunn, serving 35 years, sent out a Facebook message reading, in part, "I will be home one day and I can't wait to look into certain people's eyes and see the fear of me being there." A Facebook message.)

Facebook, once a way for college students to safely stalk the cute girl in their recitation session while also pretending to like cooler music than they actually in fact listen to, is now basically the real world; the use of the site for professional purposes by crime bosses like Gunn is another instance of real-life and online personae bleeding into each other.

It started, of course, with employers scoping out the drunken pics, or professional-grade privacy settings, of potential employees; recently, judges have begun specifically instructing jurors not to check out the Facebook pages of parties involved in their cases.

In Britain, officials are now using body orifice scanner chairs (click it, you know you want to) on prisoners, to prevent them from smuggling mobile phones into prison. In A Prophet, the Oscar-nominated French prison epic due out later this month, drug traffickers are seen using cell phones to maintain their illegal business interests in the outside world. But not so much to update their Facebook profiles. One can see, however, how regular updates to one's Facebook page could be considered a way of maintaining one's sense of status despite one's imprisonment.

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