We're all now familiar with people who get themselves in legal trouble on the Internet, but a recent social media account offers a troubling twist on that story: exposing witnesses who testify against accused criminals.
Philly.com reported over the weekend on an Instagram account called "rats215" — which has since been deactivated — that aimed to "expose rats." The account had nearly 8,000 followers and outed more than 30 witnesses since February using photos, statements and other information. In one case, it even somehow got access to evidence from a secret grand jury.
Whoever ran the account also threatened people who testified against accused criminals. Police learned of rats215 last week when an officer monitoring Twitter saw photos online of a witness.