In the wake of 74-year-old Robert Godwin’s death, Reverend Jesse Jackson calls to have Facebook deactivate the Facebook live option temporarily.
Reverend Jesse Jackson, along with many other Chicago officials are requesting that the company drop the option to go live for 30 days.
Just yesterday Rev. Jackson, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and Chicago activist, Father Michael Pfleger met to seek resolutions for the issue.
While Facebook does take proper precautions to delete posts that include music from artists due to copyright purposes, the popular social media platform does not have quick responses for disturbing videos or inappropriate content.
In the case of Steve Stephens and his live video posting, viewers and news outlets had ample time to take the video and circulate it around the web. This disturbing and graphic video shows the last few seconds of the innocent man, Godwin.
Chicago activist Michael Pfleger, Rev Jesse Jackson, and Commissioner Richard Boykin came together to find a resolution for the issue of posting disturbing and graphic videos.
The men are saying that this thirty day hiatus would allow Facebook to create a technique or method that would instantly remove inappropriate content.
Steve “Facebook Killer” Stephens posted a live video of him shooting an innocent man who had just left his family’s Easter dinner.
Naming this tragic incident “Easter Day Massacre”, Stephens blamed the reason for this senseless killing on his ex girlfriend Joy Lane. Telling Godwin that she is the blame, he asked Godwin to say his ex girlfriend’s name right before shooting him in the head and posting it for the world to see.
Although the video has since been deleted, due to the deactivation of the killer’s profile, activists and public figures are concerned with the fact that it took Facebook almost two hours to disable the account.
This 30 day hiatus would serve as a “time out” to help Facebook figure out how to prevent individuals from using it “as a platform to release their anger, their fears, and their foolishness.” Rev. Jackson said.
Source: Angela Helm (The Root)