Live Video Grows as Platform to Broadcast Violence

Revelation 11:7-10 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.  Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.  The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

The widely shared live video of an assault against a teenager held hostage by four young adults last week shows how far social media has become entwined in the world of violent crime, posing challenges for law enforcement and social media companies alike.

Last week’s attack—in which four young African-Americans allegedly tied, beat up and cut a white mentally impaired teenager while shouting racial insults—was streamed on Facebook Live in real time. The four, who are all over 18 and being tried as adults, are being held without bail as they await trail.

Those tracking crime in major cities say it is increasingly common for violence to either be streamed on services like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. or provoked by an interaction on social-media platforms, which are central to the identities of many young people, including gang members.

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