Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Ben Hamilton on Monitoring Social Media Posts for UK Football Clubs

Ben Hamilton, a managing director in Kroll's London office, commented recently in The Guardian regarding the employment of investigative tactics to monitor social media accounts of top football players in the UK for offensive behavior.

From The Guardian:

He said the list included racist terms; references to extremist beliefs and groups – such as suicide bombers and the National Front; indications of drug and alcohol misuse; comments about inappropriate sexual activity; and any indications of criminality.

The revelation comes after former Sunderland and England footballer Adam Johnson was jailed for six years for grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Hundreds of messages from social media, messaging and chat apps – Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat – provided crucial evidence.

“We’re looking for any sign of instability,” said Hamilton. “Anything that could damage the reputation of a club, whether that’s extreme promiscuity, or religious or extremist beliefs. British examples might include the National Front, any anti-Jewish organisation, [the] English Defence League, different words that relate to fascism or suicide bombers, [or the terms] Muslim, Catholic, Republican, pikey, Gypsy.”

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