Social Disintermediation

Utah man updated Facebook status during standoff

At 3:48 a.m., one of Valdez’ friends posted that police had a `gun ner in the bushes stay low.” Valdez thanked him in a reply.

And:

Authorities are now discussing whether some of Valdez’ friends should be arrested and charged with obstruction of justice for hampering a police investigation. “We’re not sure yet how to deal with it,” said Croyle.

Now there’s an interesting twist in social media.

Coming soon: Police hotlines to Facebook and Twitter to shut down lines of communications like that.

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