Live streaming crime

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The live streaming of crimes is a phenomenon in which people live stream criminal acts. Due to the fact publishing to social media is done with the intent of others viewing the published materials, it is often impossible to protect the privacy of the victims or people involved.[1][2][3][4]


In April 2016, Marina Lonina (age 18) and Raymond Gates (age 29) were arrested in Ohio on charges that Gates raped an underage friend of Lonina's while Lonina live streamed the crime on Periscope.[5][6] The prosecutor pointed out that Lonina, who was taken advantage of by a much older man, had gotten "caught up" in her excitement over the number of "likes" she was getting, and is shown on screen "laughing and giggling".[5] Joss Wright of the Oxford Internet Institute pointed out that, given the "volume of content being created and uploaded every day[, there] is almost no practical way to prevent content like this being uploaded and shared".[6]

By May, The New York Times was including the Ohio Periscope rape as one of a series of recent cases in which crimes were live streamed. These included one in which a young woman in Égly, France, speaks via Periscope about her distress and suicidal thoughts and is apparently encouraged by viewers to kill herself, which she does by throwing herself under a train. Also included was the case of two teenagers who live stream themselves bragging and laughing as they beat up a drunken man in a bar in Bordeaux, France.[7]



  • In early 2017, a young girl committed suicide, after her friends were bullying her. She aired the entire suicide on Facebook [8]
  • 3 January: A torture incident in Chicago, in which a man with a mental disability in Chicago, Illinois, was filmed being physically and verbally abused by four individuals (two men and two women). The torture was live streamed by one of the women on Facebook and sparked massive controversy.
  • Early January: An American woman taped her toddler to the wall and live streamed it on Facebook Live.[9]
  • 21 January: The Uppsala rape Facebook live streaming incident, in Uppsala, Sweden; two Afghan immigrants and one Swedish citizen live streamed the gang rape of a woman on Facebook.[10]
  • 24 April: A Thai man killed his infant daughter before committing suicide.[11]



  • 8 February: A Thai Army Seargent killed 29 and wounded more than 50 people in the Nakhon Ratchasima shootings in Thailand. A portion of the second shooting at the Terminal 21 Korat mall was live streamed by the perpetrator on Facebook Live.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Live-streaming crime How will Facebook Live and Periscope challenge US privacy law?". ScienceDaily. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  2. ^ Stewart, D. R. C.; Littau, J. (2016). "Up, Periscope: Mobile Streaming Video Technologies, Privacy in Public, and the Right to Record". Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 93 (2): 312. doi:10.1177/1077699016637106.
  3. ^ Phippen, J. Weston (6 January 2017). "The Desire to Live-Stream Violence". The Atlantic. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. ^ Surette, Raymond (2015). "Performance Crime and Justice". Current Issues in Criminal Justice 195. Australasian Legal Information Institute. 21 (2): 27. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b McPhate, Mike (18 April 2016). "Teenager Is Accused of Live-Streaming a Friend's Rape on Periscope". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Woman accused of live-streaming rape on Periscope". BBC News. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  7. ^ Blaise, Lilia; Morenne, Benoît (11 May 2016). "Suicide on Periscope Prompts French Officials to Open Inquiry". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Yuhas, Alan (20 January 2017). "Ohio mother who taped son to wall on Facebook Live faces charges". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  10. ^ Steinbuch, Yaron (26 January 2017). "Suspects in live-streamed gang rape are Afghan immigrants". New York Post. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  11. ^ Tanakasempipat, Patpicha; Thepgumpanat, Panarat (25 April 2017). "Thai man broadcasts baby daughter's murder live on Facebook". Reuters. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  12. ^ Roose, Kevin (15 March 2019). "A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  13. ^ Westcott, Ben; Marsh, Jenni; Regan, Helen; Wagner, Meg; Ries, Brian; Rocha, Veronica; Lewis, Aimee; Picheta, Rob; Kaur, Harmeet (17 March 2019). "Dozens killed in Christchurch mosque attack". CNN. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  14. ^ Gunia, Anna (15 May 2019). "Facebook Tightens Live-Stream Rules in Response to the Christchurch Massacre". Time. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  15. ^ Amiri, Farnoush (22 March 2019). "Priest stabbed during livestream of morning mass in Canada's largest church". NBC News. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  16. ^ Robertson, Adi (9 October 2019). "An anti-Semitic shooting in Germany was live streamed on Twitch". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  17. ^ Maclean, Dave (29 December 2019). "Two killed in shooting during a live-streamed church service in Texas". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  18. ^ "20 killed as soldier opens fire in Korat". Bangkok Post. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-09.

External links[edit]