One night last fall, single mom Kim Devins sat alone with the lights turned off, attempting to recharge after a long and hectic day, when an Instagram alert appeared on her phone indicating that she had been tagged in a photo. Kim closed her eyes, desperately wanting to believe it would be a casual selfie or group picture, some memory from a distant, happier time. But it wasn't. There, glowing in her darkened living room, was what she had long avoided seeing: the image of her year-old daughter Bianca's dead body. For over a year, Kim's family and friends had shielded her from the horrific photo, which was widely circulated online following Bianca Devins ' murder in July The gruesome image, something usually reserved for homicide detectives, was taken by thenyear-old Lyft driver Brandon Clark , whom Bianca had met on Instagram months earlier and briefly dated. After brutally killing Bianca, Clark posted the photo on the popular gaming app Discord, before uploading additional images of Bianca's body on social media. From there it spread like wildfire onto mainstream platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The story garnered international media attention in large part because of how the images were repeatedly shared online and the viral nature of the hashtag.
Like many other teenagers her age, Bianca Devins lived her life online. The 17 year old had recently graduated from high school and was looking forward to starting a psychology course at a community college later this year. As last Saturday approached, she wrote on a gaming platform about how excited she was to be travelling the miles from upstate New York to a concert in Queens. But before she could return home on Sunday morning, Bianca was dead. The exact relationship she'd had with the man accused of killing her remains unclear. But in the hours after his arrest, it emerged he had shared graphic photographs of the murder online.
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Bianca Devins, 17, of Utica, is pictured in a photo provided by the Williams-Devins family. Photos of her grisly murder were shared on Instagram. Bloody photos of Bianca Devins , 17, were posted on Instagram Sunday. The images quickly circulated and remained available on Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing site, for nearly an entire day. Copies and imposter accounts also spread on Instagram as users promised to post more photos if they got enough followers. A spokesperson for Instagram told The Daily Mail on Monday that the photo has now been removed, along with all copies. Clark was charged Monday with second-degree murder, a class A-1 felony punishable by up to 25 years to life in state prison. When Utica police officers arrived to the scene, he then cut his own throat in front and took a selfie; he was taken into custody and hospitalized with serious injuries to his neck.
From ELLE. The next morning, she was found on the ground in her hometown of Utica with her throat slit. The alleged killer was her concert date, year-old Brandon Clark, who allegedly uploaded photos of her dead body online before stabbing himself in front of police. But even as her followers flagged the graphic pictures to the tech giant, new posts seemed to pop up right away. The viral images stirred widespread outrage about the inability of large social media companies to police the proliferation of violent, graphic images.