Instagram and 4chan fail to stop Bianca Devins photos surfacing online

Bianca Devins

Bianca Devins was killed after going to a concert with a man she had met on Instagram.

Bianca Devins, a 17-year-old Instagram influencer who has a following of almost 100,000 followers on the social media site, was reported dead on July 14th.

Photos of her body were subsequently posted online to Instagram and Discord by the man allegedly responsible for her death, Brandon Andrew Clark. The images in question will not be shown here.

Since then, the images have spread across social media and it is proving almost impossible for websites to police these photos as other users are re-posting them far and wide before they can all be taken down.

Here's everything you need to know about the Bianca Devins case and how the photos spread online.

 
 
 
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junko pose part 2

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Bianca Devins' death

Bianca Devins' body was found by Utica police on the morning of Sunday, July 14th in the state of New York.

Several sources, including Rolling Stone, suggest that Devins was out at a concert with her alleged killer and another friend the night before she was killed.

It is understood that Devins accepted a lift to and from the concert by Brandon Clark. Again, according to Rolling Stone, it is unclear what the precise nature of the pair's relationship was.

Some on social media have described Clark as a lonely and obsessed fan of Bianca Devins while other accounts point at the two being good but platonic friends.

Sources state that Clark allegedly grew angry with Devins after having sexual advances rejected.

According to The Sun, police officers found Brandon Clark wielding a knife although sources differ on whether or not Clark attempted to commit suicide following the murder with some suggesting the police found him in a critical condition.

 
 
 
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Instagram's failings 

Graphic images of Bianca's body were then posted to Instagram, which is a damning indictment for the social media site.

Instagram's own community guidelines state that graphic videos and images will be down taken down, with a close monitoring of how the social media site covers newsworthy events.

The guidelines state:

"We understand that many people use Instagram to share important and newsworthy events. Some of these issues can involve graphic images. Because so many different people and age groups use Instagram, we may remove videos of intense, graphic violence to make sure Instagram stays appropriate for everyone.

We understand that people often share this kind of content to condemn, raise awareness or educate. If you do share content for these reasons, we encourage you to caption your photo with a warning about graphic violence. Sharing graphic images for sadistic pleasure or to glorify violence is never allowed."

 
 
 
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What needs to change?

In an ideal world, no photos like this would ever make their way onto social media.

However, there will almost always be someone posting harmful content; there just needs to be a better way of policing it.

There is a wider debate to be had here about the harmful effects of social media that has led to Bianca Devins's murder but that's a separate issue than what we're looking at.

The simplest form of stopping content like this from appearing on social media is to check every post before it gets uploaded but given the fact that hundreds of millions of people use sites like Instagram, that is beyond impossible but something has to change to prevent the spread of content like this again.

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