An Ohio teenager witnessed the rape of her 17-year-old friend. She not only failed to help her friend but live streamed a video of it in Periscope app using her phone. The Periscope link is titled “Live Sex”. Twitter, the parent company, on the other hand, said that  it was not a case of “exigent emergency” involving the danger of death and serious physical injury.

Eighteen –year-old Marina Lonina, is now facing charges which are equally severe as faced by the offender 29-year-old Raymond Gates. The charges against them are abduction, rape, sexual battery, and pandering sexual matter.

The Periscope “Live Sex” video, shared in twitter showed three men and a woman engaging in sexual activity. The men were fully clothed while the woman was partially clothed. One of the men was having sex with her and the other two were video recording the act and were often heard laughing and instructing her what she should do.

The video was flooded with comments and there were different kinds of discussion among people including the age of the participants.

Marina Lonina told the court that she “got caught up in the likes” on social media. She also told the court that she broadcast the rape to help her friend, reported Independent.

Ron O’Brien, the Franklin County Prosecutor said “I have never seen a case such as this where you would actually live stream a sexual assault. Based on the video that I saw it didn’t appear for the most part of it that she was attempting to help the victim.”

Buzzfeed interviewed some of the people who viewed the live stream and some of them  said that the girl looked complicit at first but when she saw that the men were filming it, she asked them not to. She also said that she wanted to stop, and that “she was almost passed around”.

The report also said that live videos are different from pre-recorded ones, as the viewer is involved in the moment and they are not passive. They might feel powerless as they cannot stop what is happening but the sense of responsibility is still there.

When the act was described as rape the “Live Sex” video was deleted. As it was deleted within 24 hours, Twitter, the parent company, has no copy of it, which means that there is no recording of the live stream on Periscope servers. Consequently, there is no evidence to file a case. Twitter stated that it gives law enforcement the option to an “emergency disclosure request” to access videos related to crime but only for cases involving any danger of death and serious physical injury.

There were reports of Twitter providing training to prosecutors to fight online abuse.