Is Facebook ready to handle Live Violence?

Dirk Wolbers
Jul 9, 2016 · 2 min read

With another violent live video on Facebook, in which Diamond Reynolds streamed the moment after her African American boyfriend was fatally shot by police in a car, Facebook gets confronted with some serious policy challenges.

Shocking recording from the Diamond Reynolds Live stream

It’s not the first tragedy which gets streamed on the platform. A terrorism suspect in France used Facebook Live to make threats of violence. Facebook shut down the account and removed the video from its platform. And then there was the live video in which a 28-year-old Chicago man captured his own shooting death. In this case Facebook did not remove the video, which has been viewed nearly 1 million times on the site.

Having over 1.65 billion users clearly involves a huge responsibility on allowing or blocking controversial content. But can Facebook manage this responsibility?

Open world



Good luck Facebook.

Dirk Wolbers

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