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Facebook takes down California inmate accounts
By calcoastnews.com
Published: 08/09/2011

Inmates with unauthorized access to cell phones have been posting Facebook pages from inside California prisons, as well as trolling victims’ pages and harassing them, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

As a result, prison authorities have begun reporting inmate Facebook accounts to the social media’s security department, which will remove the accounts.

“Access to social media allows inmates to circumvent our monitoring process and continue to engage in criminal activity,” CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said. “This new cooperation between law enforcement and Facebook will help protect the community and potentially avoid future victims.”

The numbers of inmate accounts have been increasing, illegally maintained by an inmate or by someone on the outside.

Many of these accounts, CDCR reports, have been used to make threats to victims or make sexual advances.

Last year, a child molester used a cell phone to find the MySpace and Facebook pages of his victim, according to CDCR, which received a call from the victim’s mother.

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