The recent Minnesota shooting uncovered an ugly face of Facebook Live, one that the tech company is not ready to own. Mark Zuckerberg responded to the unfortunate event by saying that he hopes we don’t have to see another video like Diamond’s, where in truth, he was the one who unlocked that possibility. While many in the world are celebrating the Live feature as a modern day tool, critics are concerned that the dark side of real-time video publishing could yield horrific results.

Red Flags.

The problem with Live is that people tend to wave the red flag early on, even in situations which could otherwise be handled softly.

The alleged murder or accidental death of 32-year oldPhilando Castile at the hands of police officer Alton Sterling has sparked a new debate about the future of Facebook Live and how it could be good, bad, and ugly at the same time.

  • Diamond’s death streamed live on Facebook was watched by five million people before it was taken down.
  • The footage was taken seconds after the shooting took place.
  • Aftermaths resulted in strong public protest all over the American and global social media.
  • Snipers killed five police officers and injured a dozen others.
  • Last year alone, nearly a thousand people were killed by the US police force.

Facebook Live has unlocked a new age of citizen journalism.

The social network’s Live videos are now going to serve streams from all over the world and no human resource or algorithm is capable of preventing another Minnesota broadcast.

Even worse - it could be used by criminals to show acts of brutality that are not suitable for young viewers. This is not just on Facebook; Twitter’s Periscope suffered the same criticism when a young French girl committed suicide her video was inadvertently watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Diamond Reynold: Accident or murder?

Castile’s death has invoked a nationwide protest against the US police, including words of condemnation from celebrities and ultimately resulted in the killing of five police officers by snipers. However, the majority of people are missing the point in that the clip begins seconds after the Reynold was shot and we cannot be the judge of the unseen parts of the event.

Castile’s girlfriend hit celebrity status in seconds and our sympathies are with her, but justice can only be served in the presence of solid evidence. Violence is not a solution and people should not take the law into their hands. Reynold’s police record came clear, but keep in mind the case is still under investigation.

Future of the Live feature.

Zuckerberg has expressed his deepest condolences to the Castile family, but experts are having a hard time deciding whether Facebook’s new service did them a favor or did just the opposite. Diamond Reynold’s death is still a question mark on its future strategy. There is no doubt that similar mishaps in the future could become concrete roadblocks for the survival for the Live phenomena, not just for Facebook but Periscope as well.

Warning: The following video archives the original events of Minnesota shooting. Viewer's discretion is advised.

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