Brazil: Gangsta’s Paradise: How Brazil’s Criminals (and Police) Use Social Media / Robert Muggah

Brazil’s police face a new front in the war on drugs: social media.

Rio de Janeiro´s most wanted drug trafficker, Playboy, died in a hail of police gunfire at his girlfriend´s apartment this month. Photographs of his bullet-riddled body began circulating on the Internet within minutes of his demise. So did an audio recording suggesting that he “left the scene alive, but arrived to the hospital dead.” His assassination is yet another pixel in Brazil´s relentless war on drugs.

Social media is the new frontline in the fight between Brazil´s gangsters and police. This is not altogether surprising. After all, the country is one of the largest producers and consumers of online content in the world. There are over 70.5 million Brazilian Facebook users. Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all gaining in popularity. Brazil´s digital divide is shrinking fast. SEE MORE…

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