Woman accused of live-streaming rape on
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A woman from Ohio has been charged with
streaming the rape of a teenage girl via
Twitter's live video app Periscope.
The offence is alleged to have occurred two
months ago and was brought to the authorities'
attention by someone who said they had seen
The accused's lawyer says that she
"categorically" denies the charges.
An expert said the case highlighted the
impossibility of controlling content on live-
streaming services, which are gaining in
According to the indictment, the sexual assault
took place in the city of Columbus on 27
Marina Lonina is also accused of taking a photo
of the 17-year-old in a state of undress the
Lonina's boyfriend, Raymond Gates, has been
accused of carrying out the assault. It is not yet
known how he intends to plead.
The two face charges of rape, kidnapping, sexual
battery and pandering sexually-oriented matter
involving a minor.
Twitter declined to comment. Periscope's
guidelines say that graphic content is banned .
But this is not the first time the app has been
linked to an alleged offence.
Earlier this month, it was reported that police in
London had intervened after a fight between two
rival gangs had been arranged via the app.
The app has hosted more than 100 million
broadcasts since it launched last year, the vast
majority of which are innocuous.
But the issue of live-streamed crime could
become more common as the activity becomes
Earlier this week, Facebook announced it was
adding a tab to its app to help users find live-
The social network had already altered the
algorithm of its news feeds to prioritise such
"The volume of content being created and
uploaded every day is far too great to be
regulated manually and automatic systems are
simply too inaccurate to be practical,"
commented Dr Joss Wright from the Oxford
"There is almost no practical way to prevent
content like this being uploaded and shared if
people want to do it and any system to do so
would also have serious implications for freedom
of expression and the publication of legitimate
but controversial content.
"The internet has undoubtedly made this case
worse for the alleged victim. But as with other
real-world crimes, prevention is not always