Mexico’s Drug Cartels Utilize Social Media

I didn’t know this until now, but apparently drug cartels in Mexico have been running fairly successful PR campaigns since the 90’s. More recently, cartels have been utilizing social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to track their victim’s movements, intimidate their oppositions, and boast about their “toys.” They have also had success in going viral on YouTube. In one case, a speech by a leader of a cartel had 900,000 views, 60 times more views than the Mexican President’s State of the Union Address in 2013. I found this article to be very interesting, and if you want to learn more click the link. It was put together by VICE, which I am sure many of you are familiar with.

http://www.vice.com/read/mexicos-drug-cartels-are-using-the-internet-to-get-up-to-mischief

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2 Responses to Mexico’s Drug Cartels Utilize Social Media

  1. vgoldbri says:

    Wow, that was an interessting article to read. I have never thought about those “bad people” using social media sites not only to connect to each other, but also to get information about their victims. That’s really scary! But it is also extremely clever of those cartels to use social media as a way of advertising for themselves and getting more information on persons’ habits and their location.

  2. I remember watching a TED talk once where the speaker showed that some of the
    Mexican drug cartels had created their own proprietary encrypted mobile network, which just shows how technologically sophisticated they can be.

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