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President Obama called the Facebook Live torture video 'despicable'

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President Barack Obama called the kidnapping and beating of a mentally disabled man broadcast on Facebook Live "despicable," but also said that it wasn't a sign that racial tensions in the country were worsening, reports The Hill

Obama was alarmed by the attack, referring to it in an interview with Chicago's WLS as a "horrific hate crime." 

 Obama said that the incident illustrated how instances of racial strife are more visible thanks to the advent of the internet.

“In part because we see visuals of racial tensions, violence and so forth because of smartphones and the internet ... what we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time,” Obama told the CBS affiliate WBBM in Chicago.  

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