Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Monday July 11, 2016

New Challenge For Social Media: Policing Violent Live Videos

The scary part about all of this? In the end, it is a social media site that is deciding what you do and don't see. Facebook and Twitter are now the ones deciding what makes a livestream of someone dying "newsworthy?"

Live video, however, is uncharted territory for social-media sites. In the past year, there have been at least 18 violent actsآ—rapes, killings, suicidesآ—disseminated on live video. This material can shine a light on events normally hidden from view, but also can shock or disturb viewers who have no way of knowing what is coming. Facebook and Twitter both have standards that limit what users can post on their sites involving violence. Both ban any content that mocks or praises violence, but allow for it in cases in which the material is newsworthy.

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