Crime chief Julia Mulligan claims mobile phone app Snapchat is “evil” - and admits she regularly scours her daughter’s Facebook page to see who she’s added as a friend.
The inaugural North Yorkshire crime commissioner claims that checking her eldest daughter’s personal page seems like a “responsible” thing to do.
Her comments came as both Mrs Mulligan and the Chief Constable of Dave Jones addressed residents at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, about their fears and concerns over crime and anti-social behaviour.
Concerns were also aired about social media use among youngsters, and the elected commissioner said: “I go through my eldest daughter’s Facebook friends on a monthly basis, and I go ‘do you know him?’
“I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do but it seems like a responsible thing to do.”
The issue of social media use was raised at last week’s meeting, with Scarborough and Ryedale Superintendent Glyn Payne warning that society has a duty to try and stop youngsters being exposed to some of the darker corners of the web.
“When you look at something like Facebook, where people can see things like executions, that’s what young people are being exposed to,’ said Supt Payne.
“We have to break that.”
The issue of controversial content on social media sites has been in the headlines after Facebook lifted a ban on graphic execution videos being published.
And Mrs Mulligan said she’d encountered some “shocking” material on the picture sharing app Snapchat, which people often used to send x-rated images or videos to friends, although the images are deleted after a maximum of 10 seconds.
“I saw something on Snapchat that truly, truly shocked me,’ said the commissioner, although she didn’t clarify what the image was.
“(Snapchat) is awful. It’s really, really awful.”
Officials at the meeting answered questions on a range of subjects, including parking and the 101 service which, despite “problems,” was here to stay for the time being.