Instagram Account Getting Philadelphia Witnesses Murdered
We talk a lot here at Fstoppers about the beautiful things that photography has done in the world. Maybe I am naive but I never imagined that art could be used support crime. Yet here it is, and while not actually “art” by any stretch of the imagination an anonymous Instagram user is getting people killed with images. Rats215, the account in question, has posted pictures, police statements and testimony identifying more than 30 witnesses since February according to the Philadelphia Inquirer (source). It had nearly 8,000 followers and had been updated almost daily until law enforcement shut down the account.
Witness intimidation isn’t anything new in the world, we all know that. Somehow I just never imagined that a forum for food photos and embarrassing selfies could be used to put lives in danger.