WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A North Carolina man was fatally shot on Monday while broadcasting live on Facebook using his phone with a selfie stick.
- Prentis Robinson is known around Wingate, a town in Union City, N.C., as someone who often live-streamed himself while playing guitar and walking around the town.
- During his usual Facebook Live outing, Robinson talks to someone warning the person that “he’s live,” but that obviously didn’t stop his attacker.
Prentis Robinson was seen on his last live streaming walk, talking to someone hidden from the camera. He repeatedly told his soon-to-be attacker, “You on Live.” This may be a warning to the gunman that if he’d do anything bad, it’d be recorded on video.
A man wearing jeans and a blue jacket attacked Robinson. Shots were fired, the phone fell to the ground, and the shooter ran away.
The police immediately ordered a temporary lockdown of a local school and university after hearing the incident prompted. Investigators are now in search of the shooter.
“We’re hoping to get ID on (the gunman) – we are getting a lot of leads in,” said Tony Underwood, a spokesman for the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
“He routinely used Facebook Live as a common practice,” Underwood said. “I think it was well known that he did that frequently. It’s not every day you become the victim of a homicide while doing it.”
In an interview with USA TODAY last year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook carries the responsibility for stopping violence on Live and on Facebook in general.
“We have a responsibility to continue to get better at making sure we are not a tool for spreading video of violent acts. Those are all against our community standards. They don’t belong there,” Zuckerberg said.
The social media platform has vowed to use a combination of artificial intelligence and content moderators to eliminate videos that show graphic or inappropriate content. Facebook has also made it easier for users to flag violent videos.
Source: USA Today