Instagram can't stop flood of grisly photos from teen's murder so users step up

Tech 16-7-2019 Mashable 27
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Instagram users are stepping up to stanch the flow of photos showing a popular teen e-girl's murder as the platform fails to quickly remove the images.

As bad actors upload grisly photos showing the teen's slit neck with certain hashtags, some users are working to bury those posts under images of pink clouds and cats wearing flower crowns with those same hashtags and tagging the victim's account. The inventive approach makes it harder to search for pictures of Bianca Devins' dead body. 

Devins, 17, who used the Instagram handle @escty, was allegedly murdered by Brandon Andrew Clark, 21, on Sunday. He then, according to authorities, took photos of her dead body, posting a gruesome image of her brutally cut neck and bloodied face to his Instagram story, 4chan, and Discord. Police identified Clark as Devins' boyfriend, but a mutual friend told Rolling Stone that their relationship was "strictly platonic." They originally met online, but met in person for the first time about two months ago, according to the Daily Beast. Read more...

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