Jan 31, 2018

'Facebook murder' case: Family of Ohio man sue social media site

The family of a man from Ohio whose murder was recorded and posted on Facebook is suing the social networking site for negligence and wrongful death. Steve Stephens, who later shot himself dead, posted a video of the killing that drew millions of Facebook views. Mr Godwin's family say the lawsuit, which was filed at Cuyahoga County Court in Cleveland, is intended to hold Facebook accountable for the murder, citing its failure to issue warnings in the run-up to the killing. At the time of the killing, a Facebook spokeswoman said: "This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook." Justin Osofsky, Facebook's vice-president of global operations, said the first complaint made about the video showing the killing came nearly two hours after it was posted.

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