The popularity of social media has changed the world in many ways, not all of them good. State Sens. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) say flash mobs are a problem in Chicago and are making the state of Illinois look bad. The senators worked together on a bill that would give longer sentences to individuals who use social media to organize a flash mob, or other crimes.
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“We need to send a message to young people that you can’t use your knowledge of social media to terrorize visitors and others (in) any place in Illinois,” Dillard said. Along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, hordes of teenagers have been assembled by social media. In years past, they have assaulted people, resulting in many arrests. Though there was an emphasis on the violence that occurred on the Magnificent Mile, Raoul said social media has also been used by gangs to commit crimes.