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Murders and suicides on live facebook videos

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Described as “A fun engaging way to connect with your followers and grow your audience,” Facebook live has no longer been used just for fun and game

On Easter Sunday, Steve Stephens had a Facebook live video of him murdering 74 year old Robert Goodwin Sr., with over one million viewers. Just a few weeks ago there was a video of a young girl committing suicide on a Facebook live video. It took Facebook two weeks to remove the very graphic video.

Not only are people watching these videos, but young kids are too. It is not appropriate to have these videos for everybody to see.

What started off as a fun way to watch your friends and family has become a nightmare. The worst part is that everyone with Facebook can start a live video, and everyone can watch it. But it’s not just Facebook; Instagram and Twitter both have live video options as well. It is becoming a very popular trend on all social media. Most people use it to show what they are doing, or where they are, these events have shown the dangers of a live stream.

The video of a 12 year old girl committing suicide was deleted two weeks after it was posted, and could be viewed over and over again. What used to be a creative fun idea, has caused so much commotion in so little time. These videos have been going viral, and have been all over the news.

I know I for one do not want to see videos like these, ever. The fact that everyone can watch these videos is insane to me. There are six even five year old on Facebook and social media. No parents want their children to watch videos such as these. They have very graphic images that are not appropriate for all ages to see.

Facebook cannot control these live videos. Since their are so many Facebook users, they can’t monitor everyone’s live videos at the same time, especially when there could be hundreds even thousands going at the same time. There is no filter available for live videos.

Some people might say that while there are bad videos, there are also good ones. The risk, however, is not worth the reward. You could be scrolling through your feed, and come across something you don’t want to see. Some of the things that are done on live videos are absolutely insane. For everyone to be able to see these things is not okay. Especially since Facebook does not have control over how long they are online.

Facebook either needs to control these videos, or take them down all together. The things being posted are not appropriate for a social media website. I think that it needs to come to an end soon, or be fixed.

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