Gangs recruit members via social media

Next Story

London to get 5G internet by 2020?

A new study has shown that gangs are now using social media to recruit members, according to reports in the media.

Conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS), the research is the first to study the impact that social media has on high-risk youth. It covered 36 juvenile delinquents who are between 15 and 18 years of age with criminal records including robbery, theft, drugs and rioting.

The study found that these young people socialised with friends who are connected to gangs via platforms such as Facebook.

One 17-year-old revealed that he was recruited via online interactions with certain gang members, saying: “The more frequently we talk, as you get closer, you get recruited into the gang.”

Associate Professor Lim Sun Sun from the NUS Department of Communications and New Media said: “For youths at risk, one important issue is that if they engage in unstructured, unsupervised socialising with their peers, the tendency for them to then engage in acts of delinquency is higher.”

Aside from recruiting members, social media is also being used for posturing.

Some of the respondents said they belong to certain groups that use Facebook to project gang identities. This is achieved by including the same suffix or prefix to their profile names or by adding the secret code, logo or gang name in their profile information.

The study also found that social media might also provide a route to recidivism. This occurs as many high-risk youth find it difficult to “unfriend” their old peers.

Dr Lim noted that those who want to start anew could create a new online existence to put “their delinquent past behind them.”


GE 1.5t Pelvic Coil picture
GE 1.5t Pelvic Coil
Lot of Two (2) Potter & Brumfield KHAU-17D12-24 Relay, 24VDC Coil, 5A picture
Lot of Two (2) Potter & Brumfield KHAU-17D12-24 Relay, 24VDC Coil, 5A
Square D Relay, Class 8501, Type KP 12, DPDT, 24V Coil with Idec SR2P-06 Base picture
Square D Relay, Class 8501, Type KP 12, DPDT, 24V Coil with Idec SR2P-06 Base
Idec RH4B-U Relay with Idec SH4B-05 Base - 10A, 120VAC Coil picture
Idec RH4B-U Relay with Idec SH4B-05 Base - 10A, 120VAC Coil
Potter & Brumfield KUMP-14A18-120, 15A, 1/3HP Relay, 120VAC Coil picture
Potter & Brumfield KUMP-14A18-120, 15A, 1/3HP Relay, 120VAC Coil