UK Met Police adds social media analysis and facial recognition to target protesters


In November 2023, as protests over the Israel-Hamas war ramped up, the UK's Met Commissioner announced police would analyse social media and use facial recognition searches to identify and detain "troublemakers" committing hate crimes or supporting banned terror organisations. To date, 70-80 suspects have been arrested in London over hate crimes relating to the conflict.

Publication: Evening Standard
Writer: Martin Bentham

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