Social Media Platforms Like Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) & Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) Are Used For Bullying?

Posted by Lacee Page November 15, 2013 0 Comment 1607 views

Micro-blogging site of Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)’s picture and video sharing app, instagram have now been used as another kind of bullying tactic besides the growing incidences of cyber bullying. People using social portals like Twitter and Instagram to threaten witnesses during the criminal investigations have recently been cracked down by the District Attorney in Philadelphia.

Bullying over Instagram

An anonymous Instagram account named ‘Rats215’ threatened more than 30 witnesses of violent crimes in Philadelphia since February. However the account was shut down last week. The account was update almost daily and was having around 7,900 followers, over 150 photos, police statements, number of comments and likes on such posts/photos.

Investigators noted about the alleged Instagram account last week when an officer checking Twitter noted the photos of a witness as well as court records from an attempted shooting in 2012. The investigation led to the Instagram account.

Arrest of Twitter User

On Wednesday, November 12, 2013 a teen aged 17, from Martin Luther King High School was arrested for using Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR)’s micro-blogging site to post bullying messages about 2012 shooting. The teen was posting pictures of the victim as well as the statements the victim made to police and such information which was not supposed to leak out being a part of the grand-jury investigation.

The police are now investigating whether this teen is also associated with the ‘Rats215’ account.  Instagram representative are also investigating the ‘Rats215’ account which had been inaccessible since last Thursday. District Attorney Seth Williams mentioned that his office has been working in cooperation with police to end this bullying and to identify the guilty.

Punishment to Facebook User

In a case similar to Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR)’s micro-blogging site’s user, earlier in August 2013 Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)’s social portal user was convicted up to 23 months in prison for allegedly posting threatening messages and photos on his Facebook page during November 2012.

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