Facebook struggles to stop live streamed crimes

A deadly stabbing in Magnanville, a town northwest of Paris, Monday is the latest example.

Criminals are increasingly using mobile live-streaming platforms to document their offenses in real-time.

A deadly stabbing in Magnanville, a town northwest of Paris, Monday is the latest example.

Facebook says it’s working with French authorities on the case, which involves a terrorist who killed a French police officer and his partner. He live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook.

“Terrorists and acts of terrorism have no place on Facebook,” the company said in a statement. “Whenever terrorist content is reported we remove it as quickly as possible. We treat take-down requests by law enforcement with the highest urgency.”

Facebook (FB, Tech30) relies mostly on its users to flag posts that violate terms of services. The company also has employees who monitor the most popular live videos so that action can be taken more quickly.

Anyone can shoot and broadcast live video to Facebook through the smartphone app. When the live stream ends, Facebook saves and posts the video to a user’s Timeline.

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