Instagram's dark side: Grisly photos of teen's murder spread on social media

CNET | 7/15/2019 | Queenie Wong
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Instagram pulled down an account that appears to belong to a man suspected of killing a 17-year-old girl in New York after he posted a photo of her bloody body on the platform.

A man suspected of killing a 17-year-old girl in Utica, New York, on Sunday posted photos of her bloody body to Instagram, Discord and other sites, the latest example of the challenge social networks face in combating violence on their platforms.

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Facebook-owned Instagram said it pulled down a photo on Sunday that was posted to the account @yesjuliet, which appears to belong to suspect Brandon Andrew Clark who was charged Monday with second-degree murder. The photo showed what police identified as the body of the victim, Bianca Devins. On Monday, the tech giant removed the suspect's Facebook and Instagram accounts. It also "hashed" the image so that it couldn't be reposted. A hash is a digital fingerprint that social networks use to prevent copies of offensive content from being re-uploaded.

"We are taking every measure to remove this content from our platforms," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

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Bianca Devins, 17, was killed in Utica, New York, on Sunday. Photos of Devins' bloody body were posted on social media.

The posting of the photo and its spread to other websites comes as social networks grapple with the dark sides of their services. In March, a gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, livestreamed part of the murders on Facebook Live. The social network, which has rules against promoting crimes, was criticized for not pulling down the video before it spread to other sites.

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In 2013, a South Florida man dubbed the "Facebook killer," shot and killed his wife and posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook. In 2016, a Texas man suspected of...
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