Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Instagram star's boyfriend 'slits her throat and posts photos of corpse online'

An Instagram "e-girl" was almost decapitated by a young man who then posted grisly pictures of her corpse online, according to police.

Bianca Devins, 17, was found dead after social media users began sharing photos of her body.

Her alleged killer - 21-year-old Brandon Andrew Clark - is accused of slitting her throat and posting an image of her body along with a message reading "I'm sorry Bianca" before stabbing himself in the neck.

Police say they believe he was her boyfriend and there is no evidence to support online claims that he was an obsessed internet stalker.

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is now facing criticism after a report claimed the gruesome image stayed up for nearly a day and was put behind a blurred-out sensitive content filter.

Before the killing Clark had posted a photo of a darkened motorway with the message: “Here comes Hell. It’s redemption, right?”

He allegedly wrote on Facebook: "I’m ending it today. I’m sorry to all the family and friends who wanted me to achieve. I love you all.”

Clark, who has been charged with murder by police in Utica, New York, changed his Instagram bio to read “10/06/1997 – 7/14/19", and also posted the Fight Club quote: "This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time."

The couple met on Instagram about two months ago, and their relationship had developed into a "personally intimate one", the force added.

Clark's social media followers raised the alarm after he allegedly wrote that he had killed someone and posted a photo of Bianca's corpse.

Images were posted on Instagram, Discord and the imageboard 4chan, according to police.

The Instagram photo remained on that platform for almost 24 hours, BuzzFeed News reported.

It had been blurred with a sensitive content filter after someone reported it as offensive, but users could still view it by tapping the screen.

Clark's Instagram account wasn't disabled until Monday morning.

A Facebook spokesperson said: "Our thoughts go out to those affected by this tragic event. We are taking every measure to remove this content from our platforms.