“There was big hype over the video, the stream had a good 2.8K views,”
April 21, 2016 7:19 AM Subscribe
When Rape Is Broadcast Live On The Internet by Rossalyn Warren [Buzzfeed News] Sexual assault, domestic abuse, and attempted murder are among the crimes recently captured on live video services. BuzzFeed News uncovered one apparent incident of a rape aired in real time and asked what it means for the companies that host this content.
The Periscope link was titled “live sex” and colourful hearts, indicating people were liking the video, flooded the right-hand side of the screen. “This girl is getting raped,” a 20-year-old student in London tweeted. “I beg you, watch the whole thing,” she added in another tweet. “There was a point where the girl didn’t want sex no more, and the guy was telling her ‘one more’.”
The Periscope live video, shared on Twitter on 30 March, showed three young men and one young woman engaging in sexual activity in a well-lit bedroom in London. According to some of those who watched it, the males were fully clothed, while the female was only partially dressed. When one of the men was having sex with her, the other two were seen to be watching and recording on their phones, and were often heard laughing, or telling her what she should do.
After being alerted by one of the viewers, BuzzFeed News found and interviewed 15 people who watched the video. Although they publicly tweeted the link, all were willing to recount what they saw only if their quotes were kept anonymous. “There was big hype over the video, the stream had a good 2.8K views,” one 18-year-old student from Hackney, east London, told BuzzFeed News. “People were constantly inviting their friends to watch.” It took some of the viewers a little while to realise that what they were watching live was a serious crime: rape.
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