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Facebook Vows to Delete Graphic Live Video If Used to 'Mock Victims'

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By    |   Monday, 11 Jul 2016 01:05 PM

Facebook announced it will only delete a video posted of someone's death if the video is "used to mock the victim or celebrate the shooting," according to UK's Ars Technica.

The tech company made the announcement after a live video of the shooting death of Philando Castile in Minnesota by a police officer on July 7 suddenly disappeared after being online for about 10 minutes. An hour after that, it reappeared.

Facebook insists it was "technical glitch" and clarified its position on allowing live videos, reports Ars Technica.

"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."

Facebook said that it has teams to review graphic videos, which will result in one of three outcomes: The video is not deemed graphic and is left online; it's decided that the video violates company standards and is removed; or the video is decided to be graphic, but not in violation.

In that case, reports Ars Technica, Facebook puts a disclaimer on the video that users must click which reads: "Warning — Graphic Video. Videos that contain graphic content can shock, offend, or upset. Are you sure you want to see this?"

Facebook made a statement to The Washington Post that it recognizes the importance of keeping such videos online, saying: "It's a serious responsibility, and we work hard to strike the right balance between enabling expression while providing a safe and respectful experience," the statement said.

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