Last couple of months have been major challenge for social networking giant Facebook as it has seen increased number of Fake news articles during US presidential election as well as seemingly whimsical photo banning from time to time. However, recently a new trend has started with the live streaming capability as an increasing number of users are live broadcasting their gruesome activities through the network. It got even more attention after another gruesome Live broadcast showed that a man murdering his baby.
The video was watched by thousands of people as he killed himself immediately after killing his baby in a four minute video. This latest live streaming comes after a 74 year old man was killed earlier this week and the murderer Steve Stephens live streamed the whole event. Unlike the father, Steve Stephens didn’t immediately killed himself but killed himself later after police were confirmed about his location.
These two recent events have increased the pressure on the Company even more as the social network has been accused of acting slowly over these incidents. Earlier in January, three men in Sweden were arrested as they were accused of live streaming the rape of a woman in a private group. Given that the network is being currently used for sharing videos of criminal acts, critics are claiming that it is neglecting its responsibilities.
However, Facebook earlier said that it disabled the suspect’s account only 23 minutes after the first report. However, Reuters later reported that the company took more than 24 hours to remove all the videos from the network which critics claimed sloppy work.
During a recent announcement, the company has said that it’s been working on AI and other measures to improve the response in future. At last week’s F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg said, “We have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.” Whether the new measures work or not remains to be seen. In order to prevent itself dipping itself further into pressure, the company needs to take some measures to avoid similar incidents in future.
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