US police to scan social media for violence alerts — FT.com

Police in the US may soon be able to scan social media to predict outbreaks in hate crime, using a computer program being developed at Cardiff University. An $800,000 research project, funded by the US Department of Justice, was announced on the same day that the city of Charlotte, North Carolina declared a state of emergency when violent protests erupted after police shot dead a black man.An algorithm will automatically identify cyber-hate on Twitter in specific regions of the US and look for a relationship between online hate speech and offline hate crime.Police in cities such as Los Angeles and Charlotte can then use the system to predict where hate crimes may be likely to take place in the wake of triggers, such as the

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