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Police officers are set to monitor social media sites in a bid to stamp out hate crime and cyber bullying.
Social media companies are looking into installing police icons on their sites which users can click if they feel threatened.
National Police Chiefs Council Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh told The Times officers would not be able to roam sites at random and the scheme would work only if the user invited them in.
He told the paper officers would also be able to take details from potential paedophiles trying to groom children online to identify offenders and use as evidence.
It is a world that has become a law enforcement nightmare and every criminal’s dream.The new social media function follows the Snoopers' Charter which was passed by Parliament in November.The new law introduces new surveillance and hacking powers.As the Central Europe Correspondent first for the Guardian and then for the BBC, he chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia.He won the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting.
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