In a horrific incident, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped in Chicago on Facebook Live, and at least 40 people watching the video stream did nothing to stop the assault, according to reports.
Media reports suggest that the girl was missing for several days before police rescued the teen after her mother confronted the city’s police chief with photos. Police are reportedly searching for five to six men suspected of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
Facebook reportedly refused to respond to specific questions about the incident, including whether the alleged assault was flagged by any Facebook users. The company said that it reviews questionable content round the clock that is reported by users and has systems in place to ensure that time sensitive content is dealt with quickly.
“Crimes like this are hideous and we don’t allow that kind of content on Facebook. We take our responsibility to keep people safe on Facebook very seriously,” the company reportedly said in a statement.
The footage was removed from Facebook after police contacted the social media website. Notably, this is the second time in two months that the department has investigated an apparent attack that was live-streamed on Facebook. In January, four people were arrested after cell phone footage showed them beating a mentally disabled man.