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Facebook publishes timeline of murder suspect's activity

By Shawn Knight · 13 replies
Apr 18, 2017
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  1. Facebook has published a timeline of events chronicling its handling of a murder suspect’s recent activity on the social network.

    Justin Osofsky, VP of Global Operations at Facebook, described the events as a horrific crime that has no place on Facebook and goes against their policies and everything they stand for.

    Facebook’s timeline of events looks like this:

    • 11:09AM PDT — First video, of intent to murder, uploaded. Not reported to Facebook.
    • 11:11AM PDT — Second video, of shooting, uploaded.
    • 11:22AM PDT — Suspect confesses to murder while using Live, is live for five minutes.
    • 11:27AM PDT — Live ends, and Live video is first reported shortly after.
    • 12:59PM PDT — Video of shooting is first reported.
    • 1:22PM PDT — Suspect’s account disabled; all videos no longer visible to public.

    According to Osofsky, it took Facebook just over two hours from the time the shooting video was posted to disable the suspect’s account. The first report of the shooting video came in just 23 minutes before it was removed.

    For those not up to speed, police say a Cleveland man by the name of Steve Stephens on Sunday morning posted a video on Facebook of him gunning down 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. In the videos posted on Facebook, Stephens blames a former girlfriend for his actions.

    Osofsky said they are currently reviewing their reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates Facebook standards as easily and quickly as possible.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    Here's a better idea FAKEBOOK.
    Either eliminate the "live" videos, or
    put a 1 hour delay on them, so they can be
    reviewed before posting.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    I'm not a fan, but it's not too difficult to understand that as large as Facebook is, it's going to have problems preventing this especially since their theme is wanting people to share their lives in real time. The only way to honestly prevent it would be for each uploaded video to be reviewed & approved before posting; which makes perfect sense, but would be one very daunting task considering their size.

    Not making excuses for them, just realizing the size and complexity of the task.
    Billybobjoey likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Haven't the cops hunted down and offed this scumbag yet? What the hell is taking them so long? This douchebag is clearly no genius, or even of average intelligence. The tragedy should've been sown up the same day it took place.
  5. thedrelle

    thedrelle TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +12

    Police are not perfect, and the guy did go into hiding, so it's reasonable that it took them more than a day to find the guy.

    The man was found, pursued, and he killed himself before the police could grab him.
  6. This idea is terrible and defeat the purpose of the feature. Live video is meant for just that: live action. Lots of content creators use this to interact with fans. Others do it for fun.

    Point is, putting a delay on livestreams makes it not a livestream.

    The correct way to fix the problem is to allow users to flag live feeds and permaban people who abuse the feature.
  7. The p*ssy killed himself. Shock of the century.
    Reehahs likes this.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    The coward. It comes as no surprise to me that he killed himself but it's for the better since he's no loss to humanity anyway. It also saves the victims family the stress and trauma of a trial, and some taxpayer money. Personally, I would've liked to have seen him being publicly executed, preferable by being burned at the stake.
    davislane1 likes this.
  9. Honestly, the guillotine needs to make a comeback.
    p51d007 and Skidmarksdeluxe like this.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    For absolutely senseless, heinous crimes like that, I couldn't agree more, even if I wanted to. Although I wouldn't want to be the executioner, I found it so abhorrent that I wouldn't say "no" to witness his demise. I was a front line combat soldier during the war in South Africa in the 70's/80's so I've seen my fair share of brutal deaths, something I feel strongly that nobody should ever see.
    davislane1 likes this.
  11. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    Fakebook will use this to their advantage. No news, is bad news to a moronic company like this.
    "live" videos, in this immoral day and age of NUTS, just invites trouble.
  12. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Addict Posts: 225   +98

    Want 1 million friends in less than a minute on Facebook? Live stream Mark's funeral. WAIT. Already done.

    Mark Zuckerberg death hoax spreads on Facebook

    Rumors of the business man’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Mark Zuckerberg’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American business man’s passing:

    “At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (April 17, 2017), our beloved business man Mark Zuckerberg passed away. Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
  13. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +202

    If the video had been taken down sooner, would the police have even seen it? I'm more interested in Facebook's policy on contacting local authorities when someone uploads a crime to their service. Did Facebook contact the cops on this issue? Do they report to the FBI when they delete kiddie porn off their service? If criminals are posting videos of crimes in action, this should immediately be brought to the attention of the authorities!
  14. thedrelle

    thedrelle TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +12

    that's why execution by shooting was abolished back in the day, it wasn't for cruelty to the criminal, but the severe psychological damage to the people doing the shooting.

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