Social media is fuelling youth violence, experts warn after rise in stabbings
Taunting on Instagram and Snapchat 'leads to retaliatory attacks'
01 February, 2018 — By William McLennan
Rival gangs post their crimes online to say ‘what are you going to do?’
THE use of social media by criminals goading their victims is one of the drivers behind the rise in stabbings, experts have warned.
Young people who have been victims of crime in Camden are being taunted on platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, leading to retaliatory violence by those determined not to “lose face”, according to officials.
Eugene Griffin, head of Camden’s youth offending service, said: “For instance, if a young person is stabbed, a lot of the goading that might happen from a rival gang happens on social media. So then a retaliation comes back because they feel you can’t lose face.”
“Literally, it was saying to the other gang in Camden, we can come into your area and do these. A little bit of ‘What are you going to do back to us?’.”
He was speaking at a public meeting on the rise in knife crime on Tuesday night.
that social media companies could do more to tackle the problem.
“They can delete and take down posts a lot quicker,” he said.
call each other out on social media.”
It provides a “virtual free-for-all space” in which “a small minority of young people share material that both displays and incites serious incidents of violence in real life”, Tom Sackville, of Catch-22, said last year.