Last weekend, ten people were killed in a horrific mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. During the rampage, the shooter livestreamed his actions on Twitch. Despite the video being removed from that platform two minutes later, the footage quickly began to circulate on other social media sites, including Facebook. And according to a report in TechCrunch, the social media giant is still having trouble containing its spread. The company even allegedly told some users that the video didn’t violate its community standards.
For its part, Facebook said that it has teams of content moderators working around the clock to remove both the video and content praising the shooter.
“We’re going to continue to learn, to refine our processes, to ensure that we can detect and take down violating content more quickly in the future,” Facebook integrity VP Guy Rosen said.
However, reporters from TechCrunch said they were still able to find the video quickly with simple searches like “footage of buffalo shooting.” When the publication reported the video to Facebook, it took the company three hours to remove it after it had already been viewed over a thousand times.
Of course, Facebook has good intentions when it comes to removing horrendous videos like this. But it’s clear that the company needs to massively step up its efforts to get the job done.
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