Social media is the modern gang graffiti, and it’s making cities more violent | Editorials

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In this case, it was Instagram. Sometimes it’s Twitter or Facebook (which owns Instagram). The brand hardly matters. The problem is that to social media’s many dark sides you can add the propagation of gang violence. 

Teens and young adults all over the country, and the world for that matter, are increasingly subject to the turmoil of social media struggles. 

But in gang culture, it is clear that it can amplify violence. In a recent meeting with The Dallas Morning News editorial board, Executive Assistant Police Chief David Pughes cited the problem as something police associate with the increase in violent crime across the city. 

“Gang activity is driven much more by social media than it’s ever been,” Pughes said. “If you look at some of the social media and the rappers and the things that are associated with gang activity, we are seeing retaliatory events based on something someone saw. We are seeing glorification of criminal activity, weapons, money, narcotics and all of this. We believe it’s desensitizing some of our youth. It’s extremely important we get in front of that.”

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