Should Facebook comply in real time with police demands? | The Tylt
Should Facebook comply in real time with police demands?
Korryn Gaines' death highlights the role social media is playing in our daily interactions. It has become a powerful tool, but it is not necessarily good or bad. In some cases, like this one, it could have potentially worsened the situation. It's up to Facebook to be transparent with its policy, especially when people are using its tools to document life-and-death situations.
Baltimore County police say they requested Facebook to deactivate Korryn’s profile because her followers were actively “encouraging her not to comply with negotiators’ requests that she surrender peacefully.”
The only video on Korryn’s Instagram shows her son speaking to the camera. People are arguing that disabling her Facebook and Instagram account denied Korryn the ability to connect and document her side of the story. And it's true, we'll only know the police's side of the story.
“In recent years, social media and shareable video have been instrumental in helping build awareness about the ongoing epidemic of police violence against people of color in the United States. But if Facebook censors this critical tool at the behest of the police, that could all change.“
Tell Facebook to explain its actions and stop this precedent of censoring user accounts at the request of police. https://t.co/xc4Ry0r5QV
An article in The Atlantic, "To Live and Die on Facebook," argues that platforms like Facebook have become a lifeline for marginalized people. "Today, the cellphone isn’t being used to call for help, at least not in the literal sense: The people who use these devices to record video have despaired of the emergency responders. No neighbors or immediate community are called upon, suggesting a level of alienation that is very nearly unprecedented."