Lest You Doubt the Power of Social Media…

Power of Social Media

Thursday evening, July 19, ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer enthralled viewers with a stunning story that shows the power of social media. An unidentified man responsible for the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl walking along a South Philadelphia street with her 2-year-old brother came forward and turned himself over to authorities. The man’s reason for doing so was singularly unique: His conscience got the better of him after social media sites were bombarded by posts voicing their collective disgust and outrage at the man!

Carlos Figueroa-Fagot claimed that he could not “walk, talk or breathe,” according to Philadelphia police, after the report on the commanding effect of the social media backlash aired on the network news program.

Law Enforcement and Social Media

It turns out the police are no strangers to the formidable strength of social media. Four out of five law enforcement officials use social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to assist in tracking down criminals, according to an online survey of more than 1,200 federal, state and local law enforcement professionals by LexisNexis.

If you’ve held any prior skepticism toward the effectiveness of social media, it’s difficult now to dismiss its vast sweeping tentacle-like power and reach. Social media is not only changing the way we live, it’s altering the manner in which we operate as a society.

(Sources: CNBC—; KMAS News Radio—

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