YOUTUBE and TIkTok continue to host the death video filmed by vlogger monster Stas Reeflay after he allegedly killed his girlfriend by leaving her to freeze outside.
Uncensored videos remained available today on both services showing the Russian YouTuber livestreaming with his pregnant lover Valentina Grigoryeva lying dead on the sofa.
YouTube said last week it was taking down the clips, but today The Sun Online has seen numerous versions just by searching his name.
Some of the reuploads have been viewed tens of thousands of times – and others do not even carry warnings from the video sharing website.
TikTok was also found to be carrying shorter versions of the full video, some with pop music dubbed over the grim scenes.
Leading children's charity the NSPCC slammed the internet giants for failing to properly police the content which gets uploaded to their platforms.
Reeflay – real name Stanislav Reshetnikov – shocked the world last week when he appeared on livestream with the corpse of his girlfriend on show.
He was allegedly paid £800 by a subscriber to lock her outside his home near Moscow in subzero temperatures.
The horror clip – far too disturbing to show – then features him pulling her near naked body back inside the flat and laying her on his sofa.
Keeping the camera rolling with her body on show, the 30-year-old Russian then waits for the paramedics to arrive.
He even keeps the camera on as medics enter and attempt to revive Valentina.
YouTube and TikTok have both defended their policies, and insisted they take down any such videos when they are reported them.
Andy Burrows, head of child safety online policy at the NSPCC, told The Sun Online: “Under no circumstances should tech firms be allowing videos like this to be reposted and they must urgently spell out how they are going to stop this from happening time and again.
“Online harms often take place across different sites which is why a cross-platform response to take down live and recorded video as consistently as they do with still images is vital."
He called on the British government to take action on the online giants using their upcoming Online Harms Bill.
"[The Government] can can address this by taking an equally tough line on illegal and harmful content, with criminal sanctions for tech firms and managers that consistently fail to protect children on their sites," Mr Burrows added.
The Sun Online last week revealed Reeflay had carried out a campaign of abuse against Valentina for his internet fans.
Humiliation, sadism and misogyny appear to have been the common themes in his videos – many reuploads of which also remain live on YouTube.
His content makes for uncomfortable viewing, with the videos often having a backdrop of people in various states of intoxication and undress.
Russian police said he faces faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of her death.
PEPPER SPRAY TORTURE
Cops said they found Valentina had sustained serious injuries appearing to be from beatings before she died.
Reeflay is seen in one clip repeatedly pepper spraying her as she lies screaming on the sofa.
In another he has both of his hands clamped around Valentina's face after forcing her to the ground, before violently shaking her head.
Other videos featuring him shoving her, and another clip as an unidentified friend smashing a plate of food over her head.
Valentina – who was in the early stages of pregnancy – died of hypothermia at Reeflay's rented house in Ivanovka village, near Moscow.
In footage he can be seen carrying her back inside and attempting to revive her.
He is heard saying: “Valya, are you alive? My bunny, what’s up with you Valya, Valya, damn, you look like you are dead.
“Bunny, come on… tell me something. I'm worrying. Damn… I'm not feel her heartbeat.”
He then tells his viewers: “Guys… No pulse… She’s pale. She is not breathing.”
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Reeflay was held by police who attended the scene, and was interrogated over the broadcast and his girlfriend's death.
Her shocking death has led to calls or an urgent ban on online "reality violence", which appears unrestricted on YouTube and can be watched by children.
“Information will also be checked about possible unlawful actions against the deceased by the young man in whose house the body was found,” said the Russian Investigative Committee.
An “urgent” investigation is now under way with checks on whether other laws were broken in the live broadcast.
Video released last week showed Reeflay being questioned at a police station as the probe continues.
In a statement, YouTube said: "We’re shocked to learn of this tragic incident. This kind of graphic content is not acceptable on YouTube.
"Although the original live stream did not take place on YouTube, we quickly removed reuploads and terminated the associated account.
In a statement, TikTok said: "The safety of our users is our top priority. The videos in question have already been removed for violating our Community Guidelines, which make clear that content like this is not acceptable on TikTok."
TIPS TO KEEP KIDS SAFE ONLINE
Here’s some measures parents/guardians can take…
- The Sun previously spoke to online safety expert Claire Stead, who shared her top tips for parents who want to make sure their kids aren't getting access to any dodgy material online.
- 1. Teach yourself: If you familiarise yourself with popular apps like Instagram and Snapchat then you'll have a better idea of the risks your kids face, and how to prevent them.
- 2. Check privacy settings:Major apps and services – like Facebook or your Sky TV box – have ways of restricting access for young people, so check through the settings thoroughly before letting your child onto a device.
- 3. Get them offline: It's key to remind children that there's a whole world offline too, to help dampen the impact of potential cyberbullying – which Claire calls "the biggest concern around online safety".
- 4. Talk to them: Make sure children know the risks they face but also make them aware that they can talk to you when things go wrong – particularly if someone is being mean to them, or being sexual with them, online.
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