Facebook video murder exposes social media hypocrisy

Facebook says it has been criticised for taking three hours to remove a video showing a man, fatally shoot an elderly passerby in the United States of America.

The video was shot and posted on Facebook by 37 year old Steve Stephens.

Social Media Expert Emma Sadlier and Founder of World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck spoke with Azania Mosaka about who carries the responsibility of violent, harmful and abusive content making it onto social media. Is it the user or the platform creators?

These platforms are not just notice boards for us to stick our views. I think it's high time these intermediary platforms start taking more responsibility for what they are hosting and posting online.

Emma Sadlier, Social Media Expert

Goldstuck says social media networks have been outed by this particular incident, exposing their hypocrisy when it comes to community standards. Goldstuck uses Facebook and YouTube as examples.

An image of breast feeding (on Facebook) is treated almost like a capital offence, it's taken down so fast, it almost makes your head spin.

Arthur Goldstuck, Founder of World Wide Worx

Sadlier adds that these companies take property rights far more seriously than personality rights. She says it has been difficult to get them to respond to any kind of violence, like videos of bullying that go viral.

Also read: Suspect in Facebook video murder kills self

The evidence is showing is that the publication of those videos does more secondary trauma to the victim in many instances than the original physical, assault.

Emma Sadlier, Social Media Expert

Goldstuck explains that individuals have the responsibility to use social media responsibly.

For more on the responsible use of social media listen to the audio below:


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