Facebook clears the air on Video Policy after the shooting.


We heard a couple of days ago how Philando Castile was shot and killed by an unnamed police officer and also saw the video streamed live on Facebook by his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds. This incident has made different people come up with different stories, especially on its investigation making them take different stance such as the Racists, gun owners, police shootings and the likes. Some think the police would want to cover up their mess, the blacks thinks they won’t get justice and some are just indifferent.

Due to how everything went down, Facebook was accused of removing the video because the police probably forced them to, but they have denied this and claimed that the video went down because of some “technical glitch” which has not been explained.

All these has one way or the other made Facebook release an official statement to clarify how it separates permissible graphic content from bannable violent imagery and video. The statement reads “The rules for live video are the same for all the rest of our content. A reviewer can interrupt a live stream if there is a violation of our Community Standards. Anyone can report content to us if they think it goes against our standards, and it only takes one report for something to be reviewed,”.

“One of the most sensitive situations involves people sharing violent or graphic images of events taking place in the real world. In those situations, context and degree are everything. For instance, if a person witnessed a shooting, and used Facebook Live to raise awareness or find the shooter, we would allow it. However, if someone shared the same video to mock the victim or celebrate the shooting, we would remove the video.”

So here, we’ve seen it. And yea, Facebook CEO isn’t happy either about the current situation and sympathizes with those affected.

My heart goes out to the Castile family and all the other families who have experienced this kind of tragedy. My thoughts are also with all members of the Facebook community who are deeply troubled by these events

Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO

Facebook is a for-profit corporation and online social networking service based in Menlo Park, California, United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high school students. Since 2006, anyone in general aged 13 and older has been allowed to become a registered user of the website, though variations exist in the minimum age requirement, depending on applicable local laws. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to U.S. university students.

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