Internet access was introduced to underprivileged communities in the favelas of Rio in an effort to clean up and improve living conditions.
Slowly, social media has become a platform where drug cartels and gang members recruit criminals, threat opposite gangs, protest against the government and flaunt their guns, girls and grenades.
These photos and videos have only been fueling the gruesome violence between the police and residents of the slums. Ever since changes have been implemented in 2009, the battlefield has become even bloodier and has stretched into a whole new world within the web.
Pedro Andrade traveled to Rocinha – the biggest favela in South America – to take a closer look at this issue.
Credit: Pedro Andrade, Joanna Suarez and Carlos Navarrete