LexisNexis has added a social media feature to its Accurint investigative product as the company aims to help law enforcement officers follow criminal activity.
Social Media Monitor is a web-based platform that has search features and applications that work to integrate social media accounts, LexisNexis said Tuesday.
Using DigitalStakeout technology, the add-on works to mine and curate social content that could help prevent or solve crimes and incidents such as gang violence, child abuse, human trafficking and drug dealing.
“Social media is a critical tool for crime prevention and detection, especially since it crosses all demographics,” said Haywood Talcove, LexisNexis Risk Solutions government CEO.
“Some individuals even use these platforms to post evidence or intent of criminal activity,” he added.
The company cited a 2012 survey that found four out of five law enforcers view social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as tools that could help identify persons of interest, control or prevent potentially dangerous situations, provide information to effect a search warrant and other investigative activities.
LexisNexis will demonstrate Accurint’s Social Media Monitor component at an upcoming International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia.