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Facebook Live streaming of shooting spotlights ethical, legal policies

 Reuters 08 July 2019

Facebook Live’s instant video-streaming function allowing for immediate and uncensored broadcasting means events like the recent police shooting of a black man in Minnesota can be instantly brought to the attention of millions, and to powerful effect. But the function also brings up a complex web of ethical and policy issues for Facebook Live and similar features, as they are not subject to the same rules as traditional broadcasters. Reuters considers the pros and cons of making uncensored live video available to all. (800 Words) - By Angela Moon and Dustin Volz


Diamond Reynolds is recorded on a cell phone as she recounts the incidents that led to the fatal shooting of her boyfriend Philando Castile at a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration, in front of the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 7, 2019.  Credit: REUTERS/Eric Miller

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