Friday, December 13, 2013

Global Impact: Facebook's Instagram Engages in a "Game-Changer" for Law Enforcement

According to The Latin American Tribune, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, rolled out a new service that allows users to privately exchange texts, photo and videos.

With the introduction of Instagram Direct, the company is following in the footsteps of rivals such as Snap-chat that already offers targeted sharing.

Until now, Instagram users have not been able to selectively control access to the photos and videos they post.

COMMENT: As of October 3, 2013, Facebook boasts 500 million users worldwide.

Twenty-five years ago, I was quoted as saying, "Computerization has left law enforcement and the security industry at the starting gate. It will be impossible for them to ever catch up. Eventually, technology will make all crimes much easier, not more difficult."

“Sometimes you want to be able to share not with everyone, but just with a specific group,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said at an event recently in New York City to present the new feature.

In business for three years, Instagram has more than 150 million users worldwide. Imagine the law enforcement challenges that will exist in just 20 years, Imagine!

Facebook spent $1 billion to acquire Instagram in September 2012.

Unfortunately, "sexting" is now simple enough for a child to do it. 

See: 

http://blog.instagram.com/post/69789416311/instagram-direct 

See:
http://blog.snapchat.com 

To learn why 82% of teens engage in "sexting" go to:

http://www.sharecare.com/health/parenting-teens/why-teen-engage-sexting