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The Morning Brew: Facebook Live killer still on the loose

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Facebook gets more than it asked for in live video push

Facebook Live has become a thing for users and that's what the company wanted when it initiated the service several years ago. But after several  incidents, including a man being shot to death by a police officer while his girlfriend streamed live and the savage beating of a man in Chicago and now the killing of elderly man as he walked down a Cleveland sidewalk, the company is getting more than it bargained for. The Washington Post takes a look at Facebook Live's troubling history.

Facebook wanted ‘visceral’ live video. It’s getting live-streaming killers and suicides

SAN FRANCISCO — The massive growth of live-streaming everything from Little League games to a giraffe’s birth has developed a sinister edge as murderers, rapists and terrorists have found ways to broadcast video that tech companies such as Facebook are struggling to contain.

Among the most shocking incidents yet came on Easter Sunday, when a man armed with a smartphone and a black handgun took video of himself fatally shooting a bystander on a Cleveland street. The alleged killer, Steve Stephens, posted the video on his Facebook page, then took to the Facebook Live streaming service to confess his actions — in real time. As of Monday evening, Stephens was still at large.


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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›