Norway exploring the notion of "uniformed police" profiles on Facebook

Their primary role would be to monitor criminal activity

As the battle to monitor and moderate online content rages on, Norway is said to be considering the introduction of "uniformed police profiles", which would patrol the social network site looking for criminal activity. 

The country's National Criminal Investigation Service, Kripos, is said to be examining the legality of having police accounts, which would have access to areas of Facebook that are not open to the public.

This would include closed groups as well as interacting with individual members.

Wilhelm Due, communications officer with Kripos told local newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, "We have looked into the possibility of creating 'uniformed' accounts. But we have not decided whether it is something we should do."

The Norwegian police have previously used fake Facebook profiles to investigate crimes including the smuggling of alcohol and tobacco. 


This news comes just days after The Guardian published the guidelines given to moderators on the site. It outlined what is deemed to be appropriate and inappropriate by the social media site. There are slideshows relating to violence, hate speech, terrorism, porn, racism, self-harm, match fixing and even cannibalism.  

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced the company's intention to add an extra 3,000 moderators to help speed up their response to content that is reported by users. This will be the total number of moderators working for the social network to 7,500.