91% rise in crimes related to Twitter

There has been a sharp jump in the number of crimes related to using Twitter and Facebook, according to new police data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Figures taken from 25 police forces in England and Wales showed reported crimes involving Twitter have risen from 677 in 2011 to 1,291 last year - a rise of 91%.

The last three years have seen a 91% rise in the number of crimes involving Twitter. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Reports of crimes involving Facebook went from 9,917 in 2011 to 13,019 in 2013, a rise of 3%.

However, the number of Twitter-related crimes is dwarfed by those involving Facebook, which numbered over 13,000 last year.