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Violent crime videos pile pressure on Facebook

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Violent crime videos pile pressure on Facebook

<p>Never before has it been so easy to put pictures and video on the internet. But content showing violent crimes is once again raising questions about monitoring and enforcement.</p> <p>On Monday, a man in Thailand broadcast himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in a live video on Facebook. Two videos were available for several hours before they were taken down. </p> <p>It was Facebook’s second high profile case in two weeks, after the posting of a fatal shooting in Cleveland in the US. </p> <p>Following Cleveland, Facebook said it was reviewing how it monitored violent footage and other objectionable material.</p> <p>Boss Mark Zuckerberg said everything was being done to avoid this kind of tragedy. </p> <p>But social media experts say Facebook is not legally responsible for what’s posted on its platform – so there’s a moral responsibility when it comes to content. </p> <p>“Legally speaking and in terms of business practices, they (Facebook) are immune from being responsible, or held responsible for content because they do not put up the content, they provide a broadcast network for us to put up our content,” said Karen North, a social media professor. </p> <p>“In the case of violent crime, how do you know whether the violent crime is a real violent crime or a movie that somebody posted, you don’t know. So it’s very hard for the robots to make human decisions.”</p> <p>Facebook’s previously been accused of censorship. </p> <p>Norway’s prime minister challenged its restrictions on nude photos by posting an iconic image from 1972 of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam. Facebook deleted it. </p> <p>“People under 30 today, almost 90 percent of them have social media as their primary source for information and news,” commented Erna Solberg, the prime minister, in September 2016.</p> <p>“If we have anybody who edits out historically important photographs, who edits our own history, we lose something important both in the upbringing of how to understand society, and for the community. “</p> <p>WIth almost two billion users, Facebook is particularly vulnerable. Some are even wondering whether the Facebook Live application, a big development for the platform, should be taken down.</p>