Facebook responds to reported shooting video uploaded to platform

Facebook responds to reported shooting video uploaded to platform
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Facebook responded to reports that a man in Cleveland shot and killed an elderly man and posted a video of the crime to Facebook, along with a live video of himself admitting to the murder.

“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement, according to CNN.

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“We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”

Police are still searching for Steve Stephens, the suspect who allegedly killed a 74-year-old man.

Cleveland police identified the victim as Robert Godwin Sr.

On Sunday evening, Cleveland officials urged Stephens to turn himself in.

The Facebook video of the shooting remained on the platform for nearly two hours before it was removed. Stephens’s personal profile has also been deactivated.

But several copies of the original video have been shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Stephens claimed in his broadcast that he killed several other people, but police have only confirmed one victim.

— Updated at 9:27 p.m.