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Mark Zuckerberg makes cursory mention of Facebook murder video at F8

Mark Zuckerberg makes cursory mention of Facebook murder video at F8

In January, four people in Chicago were accused of attacking an 18-year-old disabled man while broadcasting the assault on Facebook Live.

The murder video stayed up for more than two hours on Sunday before it was removed by Facebook, according to a timeline later shared by the company.

It marked a violent end to the almost 48-hour multistate manhunt for Steve Stephens, whose case brought another round of criticism down on Facebook over how well it polices objectionable material shared by users.

A gun range owner says the suspect in a random Cleveland killing that was recorded and posted to Facebook had shot at his facility, and video shows he was warned for breaking rules by practicing "rapid fire".

"This started with one tragedy and ended with another person taking their own life", said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

Facebook suspended Stephens' account 23 minutes after being alerted to the video, manager Justin Osofsky said in a blog post late Monday. The quick-thinking employee delayed delivering the suspect's food order while police were called. The FBI is assisting with a manhunt.

Police got the decisive tip-off after Stephens had been on the run for almost 48 hours, when a McDonald's employee recognised him at a drive-thru in Pennsylvania shortly after 11.00 am and called authorities. Cleveland police previously warned that Stephens could have escaped anywhere between the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and Indiana.

"This isn't just about finding a Pokemon in a one-block radius", Zuckerberg said.

In interviews before Stephens' death, Godwin's relatives said they forgave his killer. Stephens said he had no time to wait and drove off, DuCharme said.

"I feel bad. The last thing that he would have said was my name and (he) didn't know me or why he was saying it".

Facebook plans to work with developers this year to come up with more augmented reality games and other uses, Zuckerberg said. "I am sorry that all of this has happened".

Facebook, which makes money primarily by selling advertising that appears on people's news feeds, relies largely on its 1.9 billion users to report posts that violate its terms of service, and it employs thousands of workers to examine those reports.

Stephens also claimed he had killed more people, but Cleveland Police say they have no known additional victims linked to him.

CASTELE: Stephens worked at Beech Brook, a children's behavioral health center east of Cleveland.


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