Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg briefly addressed the murder of a Cleveland grandfather that was streamed live on the social media platform by the murderer on Sunday and stayed up for two hours before being removed.
“We know we have a lot of work to do,” Zuckerberg said Tuesday before expressing his condolences to the family of the murder victim, Robert Godwin Sr., NBC News reported.
“We will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” Zuckerberg continued before moving into an explanation about new virtual reality technology called Facebook Spaces, NBC reported.
Facebook’s VP of global operations Justin Osofsky said Monday that they were “reviewing our reporting flows” for the time following the murder and postings by killer Steve Stephens.
Stephens killed himself as he was being confronted at a traffic stop in Erie, Pennsylvania, about an hour before Zuckerberg’s remarks, CNN reported.
Stephens posted a Facebook Live video just before killing Godwin Sr. in which he said that he would kill someone. He also posted a live video of the actual shooting, and went live for five minutes after the shooting, threatening to kill more people. The videos were not reported for nearly two hours after being posted, and were removed just minutes later, NBC reported. Stephens’ account access was also disabled at the same time.
Stephens was spotted in Erie on Monday before shooting himself on Tuesday.
Godwin Sr. had been on his way home from having Easter dinner with his family when he was killed by Stephens, according to CNN.
Twitter users expressed some varying opinions about whether Facebook should be held responsible for Stephens’ posts.
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