Halifax police shop for social media-scanning software

Police in Halifax are shopping for a new piece of software designed to search social media for clues that could help in investigations. The force issued a tender last week for new software to skim Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.Lauri Stevens, a Boston-based social media strategist who works with law enforcement agencies, said in the last two years, more tools have become available for police. “It’s remarkable, actually, how much people put out there about what their activities are,” she said. Different software packages can search, monitor and capture information in a format public prosecutors can use.

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