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“We must do better”: how the murder of Bianca Devins will impact social media’s future

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(WBNG) -- After photos of a brutal killing were shared online, Congressman Anthony Brindisi is calling on social media platforms to ensure it never happens again.

21-year-old Brandon Clark pleaded guilty this week to killing 17-year-old Bianca Devins outside of Utica in July of 2019, but the ramifications of his actions could impact a lot more than his case.

Congressman Brindisi says nothing will ever erase the pain the Devins family endured, but he along with the family hope no one else will have the same horrific experience.

Police said Clark and Devins met through the popular social media app Instagram.

Officers said after attending a concert together in July last year, the two got into an argument, which culminated in Clark killing Devins. After he killed her, prosecutors alleged he took photos of her body and shared them online.

Even more horrific, Congressman Brindisi said people saved those photos and started sending them to the Devins family, a vile act Brindisi says should never be repeated.

"It's tough to mourn a child to begin with, and to have horrific images of that child's death shared with you is unconscionable, and we all have to do a better job, as policy makers, as social media platforms and as the public to try to prevent this stuff from happening," Brindisi told 12 News Thursday.

Congressman Brindisi says he recently held a roundtable with social media companies to discuss how to better respond in the future, including what technologies are available to the companies to prevent this, as well as whether the federal government should have oversight to make sure these platforms stick to their promises.

Josh Rosenblatt

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