The number of sexual offences linked to social media has rised in the last four year, Freedom of Information requests have revealed. 

The Mirror report: 

Sex offences linked to Facebook or Twitter users have rocketed in the last four years, a Mirror investigation reveals.

And in an another alarming trend, paedophiles are increasingly logging on to the social networking sites to target children.

A total of 1,642 cases since 2009 have been reported to police where the sites played a part in the commission or aftermath of a crime.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.