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Gangs move to Twitter

New York City street gangs have moved some of their communication to the social networking service Twitter, reports the Daily News:

It's old-school crime meets new technology: attacks being plotted - and thwarted - 140 characters at a time.
One investigator recently warned parents and teens that the bastion of OMG and LOL has been infiltrated by violent crews waging turf wars.
A boy shot in the leg weeks earlier on Lenox Ave. may have been targeted because of a battle the Original Young Gangsters crew started on Twitter.
"It's horrible," NYPD Lt. Kevin O'Connor of Manhattan North's gang intelligence unit told a forum in Harlem.

Read the full story on the Daily News web site.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , Gangs , Technology  
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