ASU study: Gang members use internet to post videos, sell drugs - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

ASU study: Gang members use internet to post videos, sell drugs

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

We know we can find gang violence in any major city like Phoenix, but would you expect to find it online?

Arizona State University researchers published a study saying there's plenty of gang activity on the internet.

They surveyed 585 current or former gang members in Phoenix, Fresno, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Cleveland.

The people they surveyed admitted to pirating videos, selling drugs, and even starting feuds - all from a computer screen.

"On the one hand, gangs are online, that's bad, they do bad things online," said study co-author and doctorate student Rick Moule. "The other half is we can get information about those gangs precisely because they're online. We can monitor them."

The study's authors recommend law enforcement work closely with sites like YouTube to flag illegal activity.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Miss Hospitality 2017 crowned in Hattiesburg

    Miss Hospitality 2017 crowned in Hattiesburg

    Sunday, July 23 2017 12:45 AM EDT2017-07-23 04:45:53 GMT
    Emma Grace McGrew of Booneville is crowned the 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality in Hattiesburg Saturday night. Photo credit WDAM.Emma Grace McGrew of Booneville is crowned the 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality in Hattiesburg Saturday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    The new Miss Hospitality has been crowned in Hattiesburg.  She is Emma Grace McGrew, 18, of Booneville. 

    More >>

    The new Miss Hospitality has been crowned in Hattiesburg.  She is Emma Grace McGrew, 18, of Booneville. 

    More >>
  • Players of the Pine Belt: Collins' Tavarian McCullum

    Players of the Pine Belt: Collins' Tavarian McCullum

  • "Community Rocking" for new year at Hattiesburg High School

    "Community Rocking" for new year at Hattiesburg High School

Powered by Frankly