A social media influencer nicknamed “Meatball” has been released on bail after being arrested for allegedly inciting looting in Philadelphia. Dayjia Blackwell, 21, was bailed out by her mother and expressed her desire to stay out of trouble and never return to jail. Blackwell gained attention for livestreaming the looting to her more than 180,000 followers before her arrest. Philadelphia police and the city’s District Attorney’s office claim that Blackwell encouraged others to participate in criminal activity. She faces charges of burglary, conspiracy, rioting, and other felonies. Blackwell’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 17.
The arrest and subsequent release of social media influencer “Meatball” has attracted significant attention. Dayjia Blackwell, aged 21, was bailed out by her mother and conveyed her hope to avoid any further criminal involvement. Blackwell’s livestreaming of the looting in Philadelphia captivated her large following. Authorities assert that her videos encouraged individuals to engage in criminal behavior. Footage from her Instagram stories showed her cheering on the crowd as they looted the Apple store and participating in their movement through different stores and areas of the city. She has been charged with several felonies including burglary, conspiracy, and rioting.
Citing the fear and trauma she experienced, Blackwell took to social media to thank her supporters. Her mother, however, was keen to avoid any conversation with reporters and abruptly ended the discussion. Blackwell’s next court hearing is scheduled for October 17. This incident has sparked debate about the influence of social media on criminal activity and the legal consequences for those who use it to incite unlawful behavior. The case will continue to be closely followed as it highlights the intersection between technology, social media, and criminal activities.