Sexual assault on Facebook Live: Girl, 15, allegedly attacked while 40 watched video

This post has been updated to add a statement from Facebook.

An apparent gang rape of a 15-year-old girl was broadcast on Facebook Live over the weekend — and no one reported it to the police.

The video reportedly showed five or six men or boys assaulting the girl, who went missing after a relative dropped her off at home Sunday. She was reunited with her mother Tuesday.

The relative, Reginald King, said the next time he saw her was on the Facebook Live video that somebody told him about.

“It was very, very graphic,” King told the Chicago Tribune. “No one human deserves what happened to her.”

Police say the girl, who was taken to the hospital after she was found, is in good condition.

An activist reportedly gave the video to Chicago police, who say they’re working on identifying the suspects. The girl’s mother reported the incident to the city’s police superintendent, showing him screen grabs from the video.

The police then asked Facebook to take the video down, according to the Tribune. None of the 40 people who reportedly viewed the video contacted the cops.

When reached by SiliconBeat, a Facebook spokeswoman would not confirm that the company took down the video at the request of the police.

The Facebook spokeswoman sent the following statement: “This is a hideous crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook. We take our responsibility to keep people safe on Facebook very seriously and will remove videos that depict sexual assault and are shared to glorify violence.”

The company’s community standards say the social network has a team that can respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week to reports of inappropriate live videos. “A reviewer can interrupt a live stream if there is a violation of our Community Standards. Anyone can report content to us if they think it goes against our standards, and it only takes one report for something to be reviewed,” the company’s website says.

The apparent sexual assault is at least the fourth crime in Chicago caught on Facebook Live since the end of October, according to the Tribune. In January, four people were charged with a hate crime in the beating of a mentally disabled man, which was streamed live on the social network. The suspects are black and the victim is white.

Other disturbing videos broadcast live on Facebook or Twitter-owned Periscope include the murder of a police commander and his wife in France, the aftermath of the police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota, a rape in Ohio.

 

Photo by Associated Press

 

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