Dark Web Exposed Vol. 2 | FULL EPISODE | Oxygen
This true crime documentary explores the role that social media plays in romance scams, human trafficking, predatory teachers, misinformation and more.
MISINFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY: Infodemic, Propaganda & Anti-Social Engineering
In February 2020, before the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world, the director general of the World Health Organization warned of another danger. “We are not just fighting a pandemic, we are fighting an infodemic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Now with more than 220,000 U.S. deaths, misinformation about the pandemic has spread across social media not just from Russia and China but from domestic actors and politicians with fatal results.
RIDESHARE NIGHTMARES: Safety, Strangers and Sexual Assault
As children, we are often taught “don’t talk to strangers.” We certainly know not to get in their cars. But rideshare companies have turned that paradigm on its head. With tens of millions of rides a day, rideshare companies boast that 99.9% of rides go without incident. But with so many drivers on the road, day in and day out, that small fraction translates into thousands of painful experiences. This episode examines the darker side of rideshares for some customer and what the industry and regulators can do to combat rideshare nightmares.
DIGITAL INFATUATION: Attraction, Jealousy and Viral Vengeance
On the morning of July 14, 2019, while thousands gathered in the streets of Utica, NY for an annual running race, emergency dispatchers were receiving reports of a murder and a man who had posted graphic pictures on his social media. Brandon Clark then calls 911 and threatens to kill himself. What drove Brandon to murder 17-year-old model and internet personality Bianca Devins and to go viral on social media for the crime and his attempted suicide? This episode dives into a deadly case of digital infatuation.
ROMANCE SCAMS: Manipulation, Deception and Digital Extortion
Cyber scams are siphoning off trillions of dollars from the global economy and reining them in is difficult. Most of the perpetrators are oversees where U.S. authorities lack jurisdiction. Experts say that more than 2000 people fall prey to cyber scams every day. Romance scams make up some of the most devastating of these crimes because the damage is both financial and emotional. Stories of real victims in this episode show the heavy toll that romance scam manipulation takes from victims.
PREDATORY TEACHERS: Secrets, Manipulation and Sexual Misconduct
In the spring of 2018, elementary teacher Brittany Zamora was arrested for engaging in sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old student. She is among a long line of teachers who have thrown their lives away to pursue sexual relationships with adolescents. This episode uses the Brittany Zamora case to examine how social media and digital communications have increased this trend.
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