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Media company or not? Facebook urged to “acknowledge the obvious” in the wake of Cleveland shooting

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Media company or not? Facebook urged to “acknowledge the obvious” in the wake of Cleveland shooting

Once again, Facebook is called on to take a more active role in enforcing content standards, this time after a shooter in Cleveland, US, used Facebook to broadcast a video of the killing.

After initially issuing a statement saying that the company would improve “reporting flows” and evoking the possibility of using AI to filter content, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself mentioned the Cleveland shooting at the company’s F8 conference on Tuesday, saying “We have a lot more to do here”.

But many saw Zuckerberg’s passing mention of the killing and the absence of specific discussion on what Facebook was planning to do as yet another example of Facebook trying to avoid taking sufficient responsibility of the content on its platform. For instance Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan, who in the past has called on Facebook to hire an executive editor, argued that Facebook couldn’t go on forever shirking from taking a more active role in enforcing content standards, even if the company had “gone out of its way to avoid acknowledging the obvious“ in recent months. 

The issue is unlikely to go away anytime soon: Facebook’s commitment to video content, especially live video, is proving to be problematic to the company, as Facebook Live has already been used to broadcast other murders and violent acts.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-04-19 12:51

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