There's a lot to like about Facebook these days. But when one of its core features, livestreaming video, is being used as a tool for terror, simple outrage just is not enough.
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As he prepared to carry out his dastardly act, he quipped, "Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie."
It is a shocking reminder that the magical devices tech companies to make friends with friends, have a darker, more grisly side.
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"This is flatly unacceptable," Farhana Khera, executive director of civil rights organization Muslim Advocates, said in a recent video on "The New Zealand shooter was decaying to livestream on a 17-minute video of his murderous rampage." statement.
Of course, livestreaming will not go away. It's already ingrained in internet culture as a driving force behind online news services, quiz shows and popular video games like Fortnite .
At a minimum, though, the approach to livestreaming needs to change. Facebook and others like YouTube, Twitter's Periscope and Amazon's Twitch, need to treat this technology as the potential tool for terror. Otherwise, this whole situation is only going to get worse.
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A lot of the internet uses livestreaming these days. But it needs a lot of work.
A dark start
When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Live in April 2016, healded it as the next big thing in social media. He wrote in a Facebook post.
Within a year, the service has been used to broadcast at least 50 acts of violence including murders and suicides, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal. One of a special needs being tortured during a 30-minute live stream in Chicago. Another was an alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl, watched live by dozens of people. And there's what Philando Castile, a 32-year old school cafeteria worker killed by a police officer during a traffic stop for a faulty taillight.
Facebook vowed in every case to do better, and it has failed every time.
Once again, Facebook did not stop the video of the horrific shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead and at least 20 wounded, which are now uploaded to YouTube, Twitter and other websites.
Some sort of fix
The news has already come up with a solution. They all time-delay their broadcasts, to ensure nothing.
With that extra time, Facebook could have had its employees identify anything that could spell trouble. You know, stuff like people with guns, screaming, or anyone who appears to be in distress.
Then, Facebook could not take the $ 22 billion in profits and put it to some use. With that kind of money, Facebook could raise an army larger than the one that protects Israel. So why not raise an army of content reviewers instead?
To be sure, this would not stop every terrorist, rapist or bully. But it would be a dent in the problem.
And maybe then, Facebook could stop making promises, and actually do better instead.