The Internet at the Speed of Thought

Dozens of People Watched a Girl Get Assaulted on FB Live and Didn’t Stop It

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The Dark Side of Social Media

Social media may bring us all closer together, but as its many critics have pointed out, it also permits collective responsibility to diffuse as people hide behind their screens and fade into anonymity. Experts have cited this as the reason behind the biggest uptick in cyberbullying and harassment we’ve seen over the past ten years.

But how far is too far?

After a 15-year-old girl in Chicago went missing last week, no one could have imagined that her horrifying ordeal at the hands of six abusers would go viral on Facebook Live… or that as many as 40 people would watch it and do nothing to help.

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"No one human deserves what happened to her."