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Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet

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SEATTLE (AP) - Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing.
    
The "TweetSmart" campaign began in late July by a coalition of nine agencies. It aims to raise awareness about social media's potential impact on law enforcement.
    
Some have called the effort a step that could lead to censorship; others dismissed it as silly.
    
Police, however, say it's just a reminder at a time when cellphones and social networks can hasten the spread of information.
    
A social media expert at the International Association of Chiefs of Police said she's not aware of any social media post that has led to the injury of a police officer, but there have been a few close calls.

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