Washington (AP) – The family of a slain journalist is asking. Federal Trade Commission Take action against Facebook for failing to remove online footage of a shooting death.
Andy Parker The company said Tuesday it was violating its terms of service by hosting videos praising violence on Facebook and its sibling service Instagram.
his Betty, TV News reporter Alison Parker, and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former co-worker in August 2015 while reporting for WDBJ-TV in Virginia. A complaint filed Tuesday by Parker and lawyers with the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic says it will be removed, despite assurances from top officials on Facebook and Instagram.
“The fact is that Facebook and Instagram have tasked victims and their families with policing graphic content – they need to recall their worst moments over and over again to stop the spread of these videos.”
The complaint states that Facebook is engaging in fraudulent commercial practices by violating its Terms of Service and misrepresenting the security of the platform, and how difficult it is for users to remove harmful and offensive content. Is.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
Andy Parker Said during a press conference FTC Complain that They He also wants to see action by Congress, echoing calls made last week by whistleblower and former Facebook employee Francis Hagen, who accused the company of harming children, inciting political violence and Accused of spreading false information.
“Allison’s murder, which has been shared on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, is just one of the serious ways in which we are weakening the fabric of our society,” he said.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have called for the removal of some of the reservations made by the 25-year-old law – known as Section 230 – which saves Internet companies from the responsibility of posting users. In his Senate testimony last week, Hagen called on lawmakers to remove reservations in cases where the dominant content powered by computer algorithms favors greater consumer involvement in public safety.
Parker Prior to that, he worked with Georgetown Law Clinic. FTC Complaint against Google and its YouTube service last year. Of FTC He declined to comment on the latest filing and does not generally state whether he has decided to investigate the complaint. Parker Said They Hope new FTC President Joe Biden-appointed leaders will take complaints more seriously.
Lawyers and lawyers they are working with. Andy Parker, Who said? They‘S videos have never been viewed. of that The murder of the daughter, on Tuesday, detailed the extent to which he had tried to take down the videos, including appeals from Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.
Advocates for the Coalition for a Safe Web say they have built their own software with the ability to search for videos, but some of the videos reported to Facebook earlier this month already existed before being filed by the group. Were FTC Complaint
Facebook wants people to make their own police. They want you to report, they want me to report. They want me to watch the video and report it. Andy Parker Said. “And even when you report it, they ignore you.”