Facebook Status Leads FBI to Make Arrest in UK

Death threats, multi-governmental law enforcement, and Facebook have come together in a high profile case in the UK. Late last week, a potential killer was arrested before he could attack his fellow students at a UK technical college. But there was no metal detector, guard dogs, or old-fashioned sleuthing involved – sophisticated search technology was the real detective in this case, with the FBI acting on evidence from a highly irregular string of death threats and other disturbing Facebook status updates on the suspect’s online profile.

It appears as though the FBI has a list of keywords, phrases and behavioral indicators that they are monitoring online. According to the BBC, the 19-year-old man arrested (and subsequently released on bail) had recently posted the following on his Facebook profile: