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Facebook Live allegedly streamed a live sexual act of a Pakistani girl
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Just over an hour ago, a Facebook Live video of a Pakistani girl performing sexual acts with a man streamed on social media. The video which was already taken down was seen posted on a Facebook Group before the offending account was either kicked out or blocked. The explicit live video gathered around 200 thousand views in a matter of minutes, and kept increasing as the video progressed. Those who saw it on their feeds thought it was only spam, but realized the video was real.

This is not the first time that Facebook Live aired a video which should have been censored. Just last month, a 15-year-old  girl from Chicago was assaulted and raped by 6 teenage boys and the whole event was shown on Facebook Live. About 40 viewers watched the streaming, and none thought to notify the police as the crime unfolded on their computer screens. It happened that the young girl was reported missing at the same time, and it was her mother who approached the police to show the heartbreaking live video.

The police superintendent in charge of the case saw the the video and was disgusted about what he witnessed.

“We’ve seen a couple acts in this city now in the last few months involving social media, and it just disgusts me that people would look at those videos and not pick up the phone and dial 911,” says Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson. “It makes you wonder, where are we going, what are we doing as a society?”

Since Facebook Live’s inception, the streaming service has aired suicides, police brutality, and sexual assault. In January, a live suicide of a 14-year-old girl from Florida streamed live from her home. Naika Venant used a scarf to hang herself in a Miami foster home while streaming it on Facebook Live. The sad thing is, the viewers even urged her to take her own life while provoking her by calling her names and saying that the video was just an act.

Naika actually spent 28 months total in foster care within an eight-year span from 2009 to 2017. She stayed in 14 different foster homes. It seems that she suffered from maltreatment and less than proper familial environments.

During investigation, a report said, “In Naika’s case, the above protective factors (strong/influential enough to give the youth hope and something to keep living for) were not consistently present in her life, and it appears that Naika did not possess resilient traits to keep her safe.”

It also questioned the role of social media and the moral responsibility of the viewers who think that everything they see on the screen is just for entertainment.

 

And then there’s Soobin, the 10k calorie girl from Korea. She live streams herself as she consumes huge portions of food in front of the camera. Usually accompanied by her dog during her live videos, Soobin consumes king crabs, black tiger prawns and lobsters. Sometimes, she streams videos of herself eating huge burgers and steaks that can be shared by a group. Because of the unhealthy nature of her live stream, fans are wondering if they are actually watching a live suicide being done gradually online.

These incidents beg the question about censorship of Facebook Live videos. What guidelines are set in place by Facebook with regards to what goes live and what should be rejected? And for those who witness crimes being streamed live, should they be held accountable? Most only treat what they see as mere entertainment just because they are safe behind their computer screens.

“Crimes like this are hideous and we do not allow that kind of content on Facebook. We take our responsibility to keep people safe on Facebook very seriously and will remove videos that depict sexual assault and are shared to glorify violence,” a Facebook spokeswoman said last month.

Unfortunately, flagging incidents seen online rely heavily on the viewer’s discretion. If one would go on bystander mode, then the problem doesn’t lie on Facebook. Rather, it relies on the moral compass of its subscribers.

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