Police probe alleged threats to assault victim

A fifteen-year-old girl from Chicago, who went missing on Tuesday was seen on Facebook live video being reportedly gang-raped by many young boys.

The live video, which has been removed from the social network, was viewed by approximately 40 people, but none reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday. She went missing on Sunday.

"For you to do something like that and then post it up on Facebook like it's a joke ... it's just bad", the girl's mother told news outlet WMAQ. It's the second time in months that Chicago police have investigated an apparent attack streamed live on Facebook.

"He said Johnson immediately ordered detectives to investigate and the department asked Facebook to take down the video, which it did".

To find out who they were, though, investigators would have to subpoena Facebook and would need to "prove a nexus to criminal activity" to obtain such a subpoena, Guglielmi said by email. She was brought to a hospital where she was reunited with her family.

She says that since the attack, people have threatened on Facebook that "they are going to get her" daughter.

He said Johnson was "visibly upset" after he watched the video. WGN reporters say that they have seen screenshots, which are too graphic to publish, and that police have the full video.

"Crimes like this are ugly and we do not allow that kind of content on Facebook", the company said in a statement.

The video has since been removed.

Facebook users also can report offensive material to staff dedicated to responding to such reports.

The company has teams that work "around the clock to review content that is being reported by users", the spokesman noted.

In January, Chicago police arrested four people following a separate incident in which a man's alleged assault was live streamed, also on Facebook Live.

Detectives have questioned several people but no arrests have been made.

The suspects in that case - Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24 - were charged with hate crime and battery for allegedly torturing the white man for as long as 48 hours, while shouting racial and anti-Donald Trump slurs.

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