Facebook has power to choose which videos can or can not watch

Facebook has power to choose which videos can or can not watch


All Facebook’s efforts to make people increasingly use the social network for the dissemination of videos is paying off, and now we can already say that it is there that the world’s most important and controversial videos are posted.

On the one hand this rewards the hard work of employees of Facebook, the other also gives power too much for the social network, which means you can choose which controversial videos we can see. And that’s what happened when a video of a black American being killed by a police officer was stationed – and temporarily removed – from there.

The 10 minute video filmed by Facebook Live platform showed Philando Castile covered in blood after being shot by a police officer. Recorded by Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Castile, the video accompanying the woman telling what happened: the police asked for documents to Castile, and, as he searched for the ID card, the police shot him four times. The live broadcast began after the shooting. “My God, please do not tell me he’s dead,” said Reynolds.

A few hours after the broadcast when the video had more than 1 million views, it was removed from the air. To The Telegraph , Facebook said that a “technical failure” caused your lock and after that he returned to the air – now with an inappropriate content warning.

This episode is another example of the immense power that Facebook currently has in deciding what can or can not see, and how the live video tool is further increasing his influence in our lives. The Motherboard recalls that in April 6 pro Bernie Sanders groups, then pre-presidential candidate US by the Democratic Party, were blocked . Facebook is also accused of hiding posts from conservative sites by former employees of the social network.

Also, a video showing the killing of videographer Antonio Perkins was in the air by a decision of Facebook itself , on the other hand chose to remove a video from the Islamic State sympathizers Larossi Abbala, which was filmed after murdering two people in France.

Can we trust the decisions of Facebook itself about what should and should not see in the social network? Hard to say, but unfortunately that is what happens now. As Facebook becomes more and more popular – and will fulfill its goal of becoming the Internet itself – we increasingly hostage to their terms of use and privacy, and his trial – to be done by humans or by algorithms – ends up being the definitive about what appears, or not, to your users.


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