More Criminals Now Broadcasting Live Videos of their Crimes
Although Facebook intended its live video broadcasting feature for sharing heartwarming life moments, it’s known more notoriously as a tool for criminal use.
Just last week, three men were arrested in Sweded on suspicion of raping a woman in an apartment. Because the suspects broadcast the alleged assault on Facebook Live, several users reported the video and police swarmed the scene.
Facebook Live gives anyone the ability to broadcast video directly from their smartphone to their social network, leading countless people to incriminate themselves.
Recent videos, such as the torture of a young man with disabilities in Chicago; the musings of a spree killer being chased by police; child abuse; and now gang rape, provide authorities with ample evidence of the crimes that may have otherwise gone unnoticed and even unpunished.
Yet, recent research from the University of Central Florida suggests that the practice of documenting one’s own crime is climbing.
Terrorists, political protesters and narcissistic criminals have long carried out crimes designed to further their agenda or demonstrate their own perceived cleverness, power or bravado. In these cases, calculated use of the media can ensure that “bragging” or “performance” crimes make maximum impact – something even Jack the Ripper, who sent letters about his murders to the police and local press in the 1880s – recognized, reports The Guardian.
As for Facebook, its official position on the matter is that they “prohibit content deemed to be directly harmful..." and they "work hard to remove hate speech quickly.”
If you think social media platforms should, in part, be held liable for these criminal postings, many would agree with you, but there appears to exist no legal mechanism in the U.S. to do so.
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