Footage from a taped street fight sparked on Twitter (World Star Hip-Hop)

Reflecting on a viral video of a young girl being assaulted over a Twitter controversy, Clutch magazine's Kristen West Savali argues that any business willing to be the conduit for youth violence should be held responsible for its actions.

When Twitter first exploded, one of my friends likened it to Myspace on speed. Now, in the midst of an epidemic of violence, sex, racism and celebrity, the social media site has become a breeding ground for young internet thugs who have too much time on their hands and not enough parental guidance.

Aided and abetted by World Star Hip-Hop, a cesspool of a website that risks children’s lives on a regular basis for page views and ad clicks, little girls are becoming (in)famous for taking Twitter disputes to the streets with bruised egos and video phones – and getting seriously hurt in the process.

The equivalent to “Meet me around the corner at 3:00 p.m. after school gets out,” has morphed into “I’m coming to your doorstep and beating the sh*t out of you – and I’m recording it too, bitch.”


Read Kristen West Savali's entire piece at Clutch magazine.

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