"Justice for Bianca."
Those words printed on buttons and t-shirts as Representative Anthony Brindisi spoke about the inaction of social media companies in the time following the murder of Bianca Devins.
Devins was a 17-year-old Utica native brutally killed last month. Her boyfriend, Brandon Clark, is in custody and charged with second-degree murder.
Gruesome photographs of her death were spread across social media platforms. Brindisi says platforms like Instagram need to change the moderation policies that allowed pictures to be shared in the first place. Once they were online, the photos circulated for days, some even being sent directly to members of the Devins family.
"We started receiving notices on social media, private messages of the graphic photos of Bianca's death,” said Frank Williams, Bianca’s grandfather. “Many of these private messages said, 'look at your daughter now.'"
Brindisi wrote letters to both Instagram and the Federal Trade Commission asking for an investigation to ensure something like this won't happen again.