I read this article at the end of last week. I think it represents a darker side of social media and an interesting phenomenon during “flash mob” popularity. Apparently teenagers and young adults have found Facebook and Twitter useful tools for plotting large scale department store robberies, a.k.a “flash robs”. I hope you enjoy the article.
I have some questions as, or if, these types of abusive uses of social media continue to rise with the increased popularity social media. Where does the responsibility for these types of issues fall? Should sites like Twitter and Facebook be held liable for conspirators using their services to communicate? Should the users be apprehended before they commit crimes, and how do we monitor them with such large user bases around the world? Or does the responsibility fall on these department stores to be more prepared for potential “flash rob” threats?