Jesse Jackson Calls for Facebook Live Moratorium

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Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is echoing the thoughts and feelings of many by calling for an end to Facebook Live—at least temporarily. Jackson and other Chicago officials want the company to drop its live function for 30 days In the wake of the death of 74-year-old Robert Godwin, who was shot and killed by Steve Stephens on the social media platform last week.

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USA Today reports that Jackson, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and Chicago activist Father Michael Pfleger stood in front of Facebook’s Chicago offices Friday to seek a meeting on the issue.

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The men say that the 30-day period would allow Facebook a chance to create a mechanism that would allow for instant removal of disturbing and offensive content.

The video of the Easter Sunday murder of Godwin was allegedly reported to Facebook, but it took almost two hours for staff to disable Stephens’ account. In the meantime, the video was shared with untold numbers of viewers who watched and shared the horrific content.

The moratorium would serve as “a timeout” to help Facebook figure out how to prevent people from using it “as a platform to release their anger, their fears and their foolishness,” Jackson told USA Today.

“We have asked [Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg] to put an emergency button, a 911-type button to get videos to the front of the line to make sure they don’t stay up for several hours,” said Boykin.

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Read more at USA Today.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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I mean, sure, it’s a nice thought, but this is still no more than some pointless grandstanding that contains no genuine problem solving. Two hours is really god damned fast removal on Facebook’s part. There seems to be a huge lack of understanding of the nature of digital content management on Jesse Jackson’s part. If all you can say is “THERE SHOULD BE SOME KIND OF A” no, no you have to stop right there. Come with some discourse, or at least a real suggestion that might work even in a much, much kinder reality. A panic button is foolish. It’s unreasonable. And it also already exists.