Crime and Social Media Meet

This month a man committed a murder while broadcasting it on Facebook live. Steve Stevens killed a 74-year-old man in Cleveland while people watched through the live stream. The video was still posted online a week after the murder happened. Ironically enough, the high speed chase of Stevens was also broadcast on Facebook live.

All of this makes me wonder what the effect of social media is on crime. Personally, I thought it was increasing crime, but according to ClickOnDetroit, social media is helping catch people committing a crime because people are videotaping them in the act. In fact: “Prosecutors say YouTube videos, Instagram and other social media sites are an evidence gold mine. In many criminal cases, the motive often comes right from a text or post.”

Who knows what the future holds for the crime world when it comes to using social media.


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