“Rockstarz are up 3-0."
This post, spotted on Facebook by police, isn't a sports score. It's believed to be a body count.
Members of the Rockstarz gang posted this alleged statistic to the social networking site after a reported shooting with a member of rival gang Very Crispy Gangsters (VCG), according to The New York Times. Both gangs, based in Brooklyn, NY, had been using Facebook as a way to apparently threaten and mock each other; but this practice came to an abrupt end earlier in the week, when 49 members of the Rockstarz and VCG were arrested by police.
The rivalry between gangs reportedly turned violent after the shooting of VCG member Johnny Santiago on June 6, 2011, per the New York Post. Opposing members then began to "friend" each other on Facebook, reportedly sending threats and angry messages back and forth.
Still, the taunting didn't just involve nasty digital posts. The New York Times reports that one of the arrested members uploaded a picture of himself "wearing the belt and watch of a man whom the police said he had shot." The caption on Facebook read, "I can't give it back. You can't walk no more."
Brooklyn police using Facebook to investigate the escalating rivalry discovered some of these posts.
“Because of these individuals’ insatiable desire to brag about what they did, these investigators were able to draw a virtual map of their activities and bring them to justice,” Police commissioner Raymond Kelly said, according to The New York Times.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the two gangs are possibly responsible for "at least three murders and 12 shootings over the past three years," which includes injury to a 10-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet while watching television.
This isn't the first time police have swooped in on Brooklyn-based gang members bragging on Facebook. Last January, 43 people from the Wave Gang and Hoodstarz were arrested after boasting about murders via Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. After these indictments, District Attorney Charles Hynes gave other gangs fair warning: "We know who you are. We know how you operate. Make no mistake about it. We're coming after you next."
What do you think about the methods used to arrest these gang members? Does it surprise you how much we overshare when using social media? Sound off in the comments section, or tweet us at [@HuffPostTech]. Then read up on web surveillance through social media, or flip through the slideshow below about what might get you banned from Facebook.
Show Yourself Breastfeeding
This mommy controversy has long plagued Facebook, as the company states there can be no nudity in its <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">terms of service</a>. But parents argue there's a line between "inappropriate" and "legitimate" images. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/facebook-nurse-in-60-brea_n_1263532.html" target="_hplink">Emma Kwasnica</a> is a breastfeeding advocate who often posts pictures of herself nursing, and as a result, her account has been suspended five times. Kwasnica and other mothers even protested the issue at Facebook headquarters during National Breastfeeding Week.
'Pretend' To Be The Zuck
Apparently there can be only one Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385254,00.asp" target="_hplink">According to PC Mag</a>, in 2011 Mark S. Zuckerberg was kicked off Facebook because of "identity fraud." But this lawyer from Indiana had other Facebook woes before his restricted account: Because of the similarity of his name to the ever-fascinating CEO, S. Zuckerberg was receiving nearly 500 friend request a day. Eventually, after making a few headlines, Facebook apologized and the lawyer regained access to his account.
Share Names With A Celeb
Selena Gomez was recently banned from Facebook. But it wasn't the Disney superstar who's been prohibited from uploading her latest pics; it was just a regular girl, <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/05/selena-gomez-banned-facebook/" target="_hplink">TMZ reported</a>. One day Selena Miranda Gomez from New Mexico attempted to access her Facebook account and found she was unable to log in because the social networking site believed she was impersonating the actress, which is against the company's policy. At the time of publication, it was not clear whether Gomez's account had been reactivated.
Set Up A Profile Under Your Famous Pseudonym
Salman Rushdie, who penned titles like <em>Midnight's Children</em> and <em>The Satanic Verses, </em> had his <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/14/salman-rushdie-facebook_n_1092828.html" target="_hplink">Facebook account suspended</a> in 2011 because of what Facebook perceived to be a name discrepancy. While Rushdie's first name is Ahmed, the world knows him by his middle name, Salman. The social network told the author that he wold have to use his first name on his profile. "Dear #Facebook, forcing me to change my FB name from Salman to Ahmed Rushdie is like forcing J. Edgar to become John Hoover," Rushdie sounded off on <a href="https://twitter.com/SalmanRushdie/status/136136147398168576" target="_hplink">his twitter account </a>following the incident. Facebook later restored <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rushdie" target="_hplink">his profile</a>.
Coordinate Hack Attacks
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZNDV4hGUGw" target="_hplink">Operation Payback</a> was a plot from the infamous hacker group Anonymous to take down Visa's website after the credit card company cut off donations to Wikileaks. Hackers gathered on both Facebook and Twitter to plan and promote an attack, causing their accounts to be suspended on the social networking sites, <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/news/wikileaks-hackers-attack-visa-get-banned-by-facebook-twitter/490442" target="_hplink">according to ZDNet. </a>
Take Odd Pics Of Your Kids
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/lauren-ferrari-banned-facebook-breastfeeding_n_1709928.html" target="_hplink">Lauren Ferrari was banned from Facebook</a> for seven days after she posted a photo of her 5-year-old pretending to nurse her younger sibling. While Ferrari didn't think much of the image when she uploaded it, both Facebook and the police found the photo to be problematic. The Seattle Police Department said her actions showed "poor parenting," which sparked an online controversy about what should and should not be put online.
Spam Your 'Friends'
Adam Guerbuez was fined $873 million after sending out more than 4 million spam messages about penis-enlargements, porn and marijuana, <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/207046/facebook_spammer_tries_to_cash_in_on_873_million_fine.html" target="_hplink">according to PC World</a>. This behavior got Guerbuez kicked off of Facebook and caused him to file for bankruptcy in 2010.
Pretend You're Over 13 When You're Not
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/23/facebook-underage-users_n_839437.html" target="_hplink">In 2011 Facebook's chief privacy adviser</a> said that an average of 20,000 underage Facebook user accounts are shut down each day. The social networking site has a strict policy stating that only those over the age of 13 are allowed to maintain a personal profile.
Add Script Or Code To The Site
<em>"Hello, Our systems indicate that you've been highly active on Facebook lately and viewing pages at a quick enough rate that we suspect you may be running an automated script."</em> How would you like to get that email from Facebook? That's exactly what happen to tech-blogger <a href="http://scobleizer.com/2008/01/03/ive-been-kicked-off-of-facebook/" target="_hplink">Robert Scoble</a>. Apparently he had added an address book importer to his Facebook account, but any additional script whatsoever just doesn't fly with this social media site. His account was restored after he "<a href="http://scobleizer.com/2008/01/03/ive-been-kicked-off-of-facebook/" target="_hplink">made a public stink</a>" about the ordeal online.