OFF TO FACEBOOK JAIL YOU GO! Over 300 cops and police staff disciplined for social media offences including grooming and sharing extreme porn

As many as 300 officers and police staff have been disciplined for online offences with some so serious they have been forced to leave their jobs

HUNDREDS of cops and other police staff have been accused of Facebook offences including online grooming.

Some have been sacked or suspended while others have been reprimanded.

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Trolling and sharing extreme pornography also feature among more than 300 serious incidents involving Facebook that forces have owned up to.

All occurred over the past two years, a study by a political think tank found.

But not all of the nation’s 43 police forces revealed data, meaning the true total is likely to be far higher.

Among the worst cases is suspected online grooming by a police employee in Merseyside.

Another there quit after posting “offensive messages in relation to a football match”.

In North Yorkshire, a crime victim’s family was harassed via Facebook.

In the West Country an officer was carpeted for posting an “inappropriate picture with a gun”.

Other police and staff nationwide have used Facebook to post racist abuse and leak operational information.

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One was hauled in for using Facebook’s messaging site to send saucy snaps while in uniform.

The probe by think tank Parliament Street found that six Met staff had resigned or retired since 2015 after incidents involving Facebook.

The. offences included dereliction of duty, abusive language and one dismissal for unknown “abuse”.

Experts at Centropy PR, which specialises in research into social media, last night slammed the scandal.

Boss Steven George-Hilley said: “It’s outrageous so many bobbies are behaving like this.

“Police chiefs need to take action to retrain employees who misuse Facebook.

“Those who put investigations at risk should be axed.”

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Most Facebook friends are false friends

You can only count on about four of your friends, and most don’t even care if anything bad happens to you

Most of your Facebook friends don’t care about you and probably wouldn’t even sympathise with your problems, according to a new study.

Many people have hundreds of Facebook friends. But people can only really depend on four of them, on average, according to new research.

Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, undertook a study to find out the connection between whether people have lots of Facebook friends and real friends.

 

He found that there was very little correlation between having friends on social networks and actually being able to depend on them, or even talking to them regularly.

The average person studied had around 150 Facebook friends. But only about 14 of them would express sympathy in the event of anything going wrong.

The average person said that only about 27 per cent of their Facebook friends were genuine.

Those numbers are mostly similar to how friendships work in real life, the research said. But the huge number of supposed friends on a friend list means that people can be tricked into thinking that they might have more close friends.

“There is a cognitive constraint on the size of social networks that even the communication advantages of online media are unable to overcome,” Professor Dunbar wrote wrote. “In practical terms, it may reflect the fact that real (as opposed to casual) relationships require at least occasional face-to-face interaction to maintain them.”

Facebook friends tend to organise in different layers, the research claims. About five people will be in the first and closest one, then 15, 50 and 150 different friends will be in each of the groups as they move further out.