“Facebook Killer”


Last week, we talked about Facebook Live, and professor Bruce insist that Facebook live is one of the biggest trend in the future, for corporations and for individuals. I couldn’t agree more on it. Live stream make social network more direct from people to people and we are able to access to information more directly than before. However, just this Sunday, a terrible event just happened on Live Stream on Facebook Live (Some said it was on Facebook live, but Facebook denied and said it was only posted as a video on his page.) 37 years old Steve Stephen shot a random person on the street just to get attention from his girlfriend. We talked about the benefit of Facebook Live and also the benefit of social media, but in this case, the worse side of it is shown. From what Wikipedia explained about Terrorism “Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.” I believe Steve Stephen’s cold blooded murder fit the definition of terrorism in some sense: he picked random people on the street, shot the person in cold blood, and caused massive panic in the country. Now, everyone called this person the “Facebook Killer”, and I believe this is a really huge challenge for Facebook in the future to monitor and control the content of Facebook Live in the future. There might be criminal offenses everyday over the world, but using Facebook will cause a much larger impact for users and the information will be all over the internet in a short period of time. Therefore, Facebook and other social media platform is responsible for keeping society in peace and challenges await is definitely huge.

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One Response to “Facebook Killer”

  1. sydhavely says:

    There are relevant issues here that you have brushed on but would benefit from a step-back and deeper reflection. What happened here, I think, based on my reading of your post only and news reports early this week, is that the perpetrator is deeply disturbed and while FB bears some responsibility for screening such outrages from its streaming, it may well be very difficult for it to do as you suggest and your conclusion that “Therefore, Facebook and other social media platform is responsible for keeping society in peace and challenges await is definitely huge” may be overstating the case. Mental illness may be the culprit here in the form of the so-called Facebook Killer but it may be too early to know if and when he is caught alive. It is certainly being reported as a Facebook-inspired crime horrific in all respects. I couldn’t watch the execution of that innocent man when shown.

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