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.