Facebook Live streaming of shooting spotlights ethical, legal policies

Facebook Live streaming of shooting spotlights ethical, legal policies

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A live, 10-minute video of the aftermath of a police officer shooting a black man in Minnesota was the latest example of the riveting power of video streaming and the complex ethical and policy issues it raises for Facebook Live and similar features. The graphic video taken by the victim’s girlfriend and broadcast on her Facebook page shows Philando Castile covered in blood in the driver’s seat of a car as the officer points a gun into the vehicle. By Thursday morning, the footage had more than four million views and together with another police shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, topped the items on Facebook’s “Newswire”, which promotes stories of broad interest.

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