Instagram now asks bullies 'Are you sure? They initially vowed to stop, but about an hour after abandoning the handle, reverted to it. Another person emulating the suspect's username told the BBC they did so "for social media clout", adding: "People will do anything that gains them followers and some popularity.
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They even considered trying to solicit online payments for the images, they said. Instagram told fof BBC it was reviewing hashtags and s where people were claiming to share the graphic content.
At the time of publication, most of these appeared to have been removed. He said those who viewed the utcia images then faced a choice: "Do I report it? Do I ignore it and pretend I didn't see it? Or do I capture it in my own way, and then share it myself?
Sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook do have human moderators - but also rely on artificial intelligence technology and user reports to support their systems. The scale of their membership, which in Instagram's case is one billion users a month, makes for an overwhelming challenge.
If an image or video is edited or clipped, the "fingerprint" is no longer complete and it can be more difficult to identify. The UK and Australia have announced new measures where social media companies may face fines, or even criminal charges, if they fail to moderate adequately. So far this year, Facebook executives have already introduced new restrictions on their live-streaming tool. Instagram also launched new anti-bullying initiatives and a crackdown against self-harm content after the suicide of a British teenager.
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Social media companies have reiterated their commitment to their community guidelines since Bianca's death. Despite this, some graphic content is still slipping through the net.
At the time of publication, the BBC found even the most graphic photographs of Bianca's body - posted up to a week ago - still on Twitter. How the internet fought back The day after her murder, Bianca's stepmother condemned those sharing the graphic images as "disgusting". Ny I close my eyes, those images haunt me," she posted on Facebook, urging people to consider the feelings of the family and report offensive content.
Many have done so. And many have gone even further, demonstrating how online communities can act as a force for good.
An online spamming war has been launched against those trying to exploit Bianca's death. s have sprung up to flood tags being used to share graphic photographs and cruel memes of the teenager.
Most s appear to be run by girls of a similar age to Bianca, who appear to be spending hours on the effort. Often the s come with offers of emotional support to others and guidance on how to report upsetting content. One teenage girl called Taylor has shared almost 1, "filler" images on the she set up.
Naomi, 21, who is running another "cute clean-up"agreed: "I just couldn't let these monsters win. In a statement released on Wednesday, she said: "My heart is completely shattered, having lost my best friend.
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We will always remember her beautiful smile that lit up our lives. Her spirit will strengthen us and live on forever. Kimberly Devins has thanked those who shared support for the family, and implored people to continue spreading the message of "love, not violence" in her daughter's name.