Cleveland Shooter Takes Facebook For A Ride


The Facebook Live feature has never been used in such a horrific manner before. If you are unfamiliar with the story, a man from Cleveland named Steve Stephens filmed himself committing a homicide on Facebook Live a couple of days ago. The crime was undoubtedly disturbing, but also appalling was the fact that the video stayed up on the social site for almost three hours before being taken off.

The man is still yet to be found by police, and arguably a big part of that has to do with the slow reaction from Facebook on the issue. Surely Facebook could have handled this situation more swiftly and in a better manner. They have since issued an apology to do damage control, but I would say that damage cannot be undone.

Social media has a strange ability to not only organize crime but also to locate it and stop it. Just as police scan social sites for potential lawbreakers, the sites themselves need to be on the lookout for odd behavior. Sites encourage users to “share”, and that they do. What is shared and said on social media should be regulated not just for vulgarity or indecency, but also to help stop senseless crimes like these from happening.


Given, Stephen’s social media accounts (Facebook and Youtube) do not give any blatant indications that he was capable of homicide, but in many cases posts will show signs of potential violence. This could potentially become a privacy issue, but perhaps safety is more important in this case. What do you think?


4 thoughts on “Cleveland Shooter Takes Facebook For A Ride

  1. Raeann Kane says:

    I was appalled that this was allowed on Facebook, but I do not necessarily have a solution. With the millions of people using Facebook, it is merely impossible to watch and filter content that is being Live Streamed. Unless the company can find an algorithm to detect graphic content, I believe this type of stuff will continue to happen.


  2. Callen Stapleton says:

    I have been receiving the news updates associated with this horrific event. It is crazy to me that this man live streamed this event and that it was still able to be viewed on Facebook for up to 3 hours later. I agree with Raeann though, because it becomes very hard for Facebook to regulate their new live feature given their massive user base.


  3. Mallory D says:

    I was shocked at how horrendous all of this was as the news unfolded. I read an article that claimed the video was not posted through the live feature like so many reported, but rather it was uploaded by this man shortly after (who knows). Regardless of how it got there, content like this is what makes it so dangerous for the age of social media. Facebook didn’t take down this post until a few hours later. Sadly, Facebook can only see terrible content like this after it is reported, which makes it up to the users to be on the lookout for terrible things. So sad.


  4. Dylan Meek says:

    This was an insightful post and it really is difficult for the company to be able to monitor live streaming. This was a horrendous act that doesn’t put Facebook in a positive light.

    Also update on the story, the murderer was recently discovered dead presumably from a suicide.


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