Following the killing of a 74-year-old man streamed live on Facebook over the weekend, the founder of the social media platform, Mark Zuckerberg has reacted.
It was his moment to publicly address the horrifying murder video posted on Facebook Sunday, and he went with a cursory mention.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his keynote at Facebook’s biggest press event of the year to briefly offer condolences to the family of 74-year-old murder victim Robert Godwin Sr. and make a passing vow to work harder.
“We have a lot more to do here,” he said about developing new technologies to “keep our communities safe.”
“We’re reminded of this this week by the tragedy in Cleveland. And our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr.,” Zuckerberg said at his F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif.
“We have a lot of work, and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” he added.
Zuckerberg then moved on to a discussion of new technologies such as augmented reality.
There was no explanation for why it took Facebook more than two hours to remove the grisly video Sunday after Steve Stephens posted it at 2:11 p.m. eastern.
In a written statement Monday, Facebook explained the timeline behind the video’s removal.
The company said Stephens uploaded video at 2:09 p.m. Sunday voicing his intent to murder someone. No users flagged it so it went unnoticed by the service.
Stephens uploaded the murder video a few minutes later and then confessed to killing Godwin in a Facebook Live stream that started at 2:22 p.m.
During his five-minute broadcast he blamed the bloodshed on his girlfriend, claimed he killed 13 people and promised to continue his one-man reign of terror until cops caught him.
It wasn’t until 3:59 p.m. that a user first reported the grisly video depicting Godwin’s street slaying. Facebook then reviewed the material and suspended Stephens’ account at 4:22 p.m., the company said.
“We know we need to do better,” Justin Osofsky, the company’s vice president of global operations, said Monday of the two hour and 11-minute lag time.
“It was a horrific crime — one that has no place on Facebook,” Osofsky said, adding that the company was reviewing the way it handles complaints and looking at new technologies such as artificial intelligence to improve its reaction time.
“Nearly three hours on the internet is an eternity,” Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert at Dartmouth College told the Daily News. “That absolutely should be lower.”