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The powers and dangers of Facebook Live

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>> This ten minute video of the aftermath of a police shooting in Minnesota late Tuesday filmed by the victims girlfriend and first broadcast in real time on her Facebook page, already getting millions Clicks. And it's highlighting the complex ethical and policy issues around live video services. While the Federal Communications Commission oversees traditional TV, which has a short delay in broadcasts to cut away from violent or obscene images.
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Internet streaming services have no such limitation. Says Reuters Global Tech Editor Jonathan Weber.>> Internet companies are not subject to any of that kind of regulation. And I think frankly, that that will probably continue to be the case. There are many legal and constitutional hurdles to content regulation on the internet.
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And they don't say all that much about how they make these decisions.>> It's not Facebook's first run in with live video. Last month Larossi Aballa killed a French police commander and his partner and then took to Facebook live to encourage more violence. Twitter's Periscope also grappling with these issues.
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In April an 18 year old woman was charged after she live streamed her friend's rape. And in May a young woman in France recorded herself on Periscope as she threw herself under a train. But the industry is really watching Facebook to see what if anything the company will do.
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>> Facebook is the gorilla in the room. I mean they have such an enormous user base with 1.65 billion users around the world. So they're making a strong push into live streaming video guarantees that this thing is going continue to come up>> Thursday Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posting on his Facebook that his heart goes out to the Castile family.
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And to all other families who've experienced this kind of tragedy. Facebook in recent months has made its live feature, which allows anyone to broadcast a video in real time, a central component of its strategy. Reuters, along with other news agencies, provides live video to that platform.