NYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires Big Time
Feed flooded with pics of police brutality
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2014 1:52 AM CDT
This photo from an Occupy Wall Street protest is among the many put on Twitter in response to a NYPD request for Twitter users to share pictures of themselves posing with police officers.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – A New York City Police Department campaign to get Twitter users to share photos of themselves with officers got a massive response—but not the kind the department had in mind. Instead of citizens posing with friendly cops, the #MyNYPD tag became the top trending hashtag on Twitter with thousands of photos of police brutality, Occupy Wall Street arrests, and headlines about unarmed citizens being shot, reports the New York Daily News. (See plenty of examples at the Daily Dot.)

"Free massages from the #NYPD," read one tweet with a picture of riot cops pressing a man against a car. There were a few friendly submissions but they were massively outnumbered by those slamming the department, NBC notes. In a statement, the NYPD said it is "creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community" and "Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city."

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Anonymous
Apr 25, 2014 11:14 AM CDT
Sounds to me like this was a ploy by the NYPD to get citizens pictures for "facial recognition" purposes! I would NOT trust sending the police of any city, much less NY a "picture" of myself. I've read enough about this technology being 'used' for all sorts of reasons. I believe even H2 showed an episode called Big Brother on their show America's Book of Secrets which revealed that Facebook was doing just this! Taking people's pictures on FB and using them to create a "facial recognition" database. Do NOT trust Big Brother!!!
bearmon2010
Apr 24, 2014 8:41 AM CDT
What a corruption this world we live in. Most human are the disgusting creatures ever walked on the Earth. Jeez!
Darryn James
Apr 23, 2014 7:25 PM CDT
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