Nottinghamshire police has revealed that crimes involving social networking platform Facebook have increased by an alarming 346 percent within a years time, with harassment emerging as the most widely reported crime.
The police force reported that during April 2008 and March 2009, they received 13 complaints related to crimes committed on the popular social networking site. However, the number escalated to 58 during the period between April 2009 and February 2010, with 6 people charged with crimes committed on Facebook as compared to 3 people being charged the previous year.
Detective Sergeant Harry Parsonage with the Nottinghamshire Police reported that harassment cases on Facebook accounted for 36 of the 58 incidents reported to the police.
Commenting on the worrying issue, the detective said in a statement that “For crime that involves communication, Facebook is just a method of communication.”
Meanwhile, Facebook representatives came out to defend the the website and said in a statement that “It is no surprise that Facebook is also mentioned in criminal reporting, especially since everyone knows that the police use Facebook as a tool.”
The police body confessed that though they did not know of the extent of which the social networking platform is being used to commit crimes, the increasing reference of Facebook in alleged crimes is alarming.