Stop live streaming crimes

Over Easter, a murderer (I am not mentioning the name) used Facebook Live and live-streamed himself shooting and killing people in Cleveland.

Wired.com starts the digital conscience-pricking:

The number of viewers who actually saw the event was minimal. Facebook has taken similar steps, pulling Stephens’ video shortly after it was posted. “This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” the company said in a statement. “We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”

But Facebook, of course, is a decentralized system, with millions of freelance “reporters” with unfettered access to the public. By the time the company removed the video, thousands had already watched it, and it lives on in other corners of the internet. Meanwhile, the company has resisted calls to use its algorithms to censor videos like this before they are ever posted–not just because it does not want to be accused of violating speech rights, but also because training computers to identify real-time or recent murder is hard...

And now it might very well be time for the company to roll up its own sleeves and get to work.

After all, if Facebook hopes to reflect humanity, today’s murder suggests that it will sometimes show us things we’d prefer not to see.

UGM Tip: And then, as always, humans have to make the decision how to respond, and how to get involved in the solution.

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