Friday 23 March 2018

If you can't do the time, don't post it online! Nine times social media won

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

After a 23-year-old drunk driver was located and arrested after live-streaming her drive home on Periscope, we took a look at the most notable times social media has delivered justice.

1. Corpse selfie!

A Missouri woman was arrested after taking a selfie with a body she was about to dump.

24-year-old Chelsie Berry pleaded guilty in a Missouri court to abandoning a corpse.

She was disposing of the body of 30-year-old Dennis Meyer, who died of a drug overdose.

Woman arrested after posting selfie on Facebook with body she was about to dump


Two men pose for selfie which they unwittingly uploaded to an iCloud account from a stolen iPad (Randy Schaefer/AP)
Two men pose for selfie which they unwittingly uploaded to an iCloud account from a stolen iPad (Randy Schaefer/AP)
Justine Sacco, who was the communications director of IAC, the company which owns Tinder, Vimeo and, wrote: “Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”
24-year-old Chelsie Berry, who took a selfie with a corpse she was about to dump.

2. #HasJustineLandedYet

(Former) PR Executive Justine Sacco went viral all over the world when she tweeted the following before boarding a flight to South Africa:

"Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!".

The tweet spawned the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet which trended worldwide, which Twitter users used to call for her resignation.

The former director of corporate communications at media company IAC, representing high-profile clients Tinder, Vimeo and OKCupid, lost her job and was forced to apologise to the world.

The journalist who picked up the tweet eventually apologised to Sacco for "ruining her life" over a tweet she claimed was meant to be ironic.

A Columbus man is due to appear in federal court on Friday after threatening to kill porn star Malena Morgan on live-streaming app Periscope last August.

You know it's bad when the FBI get involved!


4. Facebook 'sarcasm'

Justin Carter (19) made Facebook comments which threatened to "shoot up a kindergarten".

He wrote: "I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten... And watch the blood of the innocent rain down...And eat the beating heart of one of them."

The teenager's bail was posted in 2014. He had been in jail since February 2013.

He maintains his comments were "sarcastic".


5. Twitter jail

In 2012, two British tourists were detained at the airport on their way to America for a J1 holiday after one of the duo tweeted he was going to "destroy America".

Leigh Van Bryan(26) and Emily Bunting (24) got into hot water after Bryan tweeted "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?" A second tweet which caused alarm was actually quoting popular TV show 'Family Guy'. "3 weeks today, we're totally in LA p****d people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!"

The pair were kept in a cell with mexican drug dealers, according to the Daily Mail, for twelve hours before being put on a plane back home.


6. Caught on camera

Childcare workers Erica Kenny (22) and Chanese White (28) were arrested after posting videos on Snapchat of an alleged 'toddler fight club'.

They stood accused of encouraging the children in their care to get aggressive and attack one another, and filming fights between children as young as four.

According to a release from the Union County Prosecutor's Office, the two women “instigated fights among children ages 4-6".

Childcare workers who ran toddler 'Fight Club' face up to five years in jail


7. Live updates

Victim Angela Wrightson, 39, suffered more than 100 injuries after she was battered with a wooden stick, a TV set, a computer printer and a coffee table among other items, a jury in a murder trial was told. She was found naked from the waist down on a sofa at her home and forensic experts found shards of glass and gravel around her "private parts" and ash in her ear.

The jury was told that the two defendants, aged thirteen and fourteen, called a friend on Facebook during the alleged murder, posted selfies of the violence on Facebook and Snapchat and finally posted pictures of themselves in the police van on Snapchat with the caption "Me and [names older girl] in the back of the bizzie van again".

Both defendants denied murder, with the older girl saying she did not intend serious harm, and her co-accused claiming she did not encourage or take part in the violence.

Girl (13) sent snapchat of best friend (14) in police van hours after they committed 'brutal' murder, court told


8. Snapchat cruelty

Two US teenagers faced cruelty charges after they were accused of beheading three puppies with a machete and posting video on social media.

A caller alerted police after seeing the video on Snapchat, said Alabama District Attorney Michael Jackson.

Teens held after 'puppies beheaded'


9. Caught by the cloud

Two men arrested on theft charges in Houston, Texas, were accused of stealing an iPad and a sum of cash after 'selfies' of them appeared in the owner's iCloud account.

The iPad, other electronics and thousands of dollars were stolen from the victim's truck on January 8.

He later noticed his iCloud account had images of the men holding 100 dollar bills, which they were also accused of taking from the victim.

Two nabbed after stolen iPad selfie


These are just nine of the times social media caught out criminals. Read more below.

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