Italian Mafia bosses are said to be furious with up-and-coming mafiosos who are flaunting their lavish lifestyles on social media.
Young gangsters in Naples have been posting videos online showing off flash cars, expensive booze and posh nightclub outings.
Crescenzo Marino – the son of a boss in the Camorra organisation – has over 43,000 followers on TikTok. His videos have amassed almost one million likes.
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He can be seen dressed in designer clothes with jewelled watches, meeting up with rappers and cruising around Paris in a Ferrari.
The Camorra – the oldest and largest criminal organisation in Italy – aren't just using TikTok to show off.
The mobsters have utilised the platform's short video format to send chilling messages and announce vendettas against enemies.
Recently, following the murder of a man linked to the Carillo-Perfetto clan, one TikTok user directly addressed police.
"We are giving you a week to arrest them or we will raise hell against them," it said.
Marcello Ravveduto, a modern history professor at the University of Salerno and an expert on mafia communication, told The Times: "For the first time these gangsters have found a direct way to speak up about their lives.
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"The Camorra has the youngest members of Italy’s mafias and they love TikTok because it’s so quick and has less rules than other platforms.
"The Camorra has followed the Mexican Narcos, who are keen users of TikTok, while gypsy criminals in Rome are also using it.
"What is needed now is better teamwork between the police and TikTok to keep a better eye on these people."
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