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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Facebook sued by family of fatal shooting video victim

The lawsuit accuses the social media giant of negligence for failing to notify authorities about threats posted by the gunman.

The victim's family accused Facebook of negligence in the case (AP)
The victim's family accused Facebook of negligence in the case (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The family of a 74-year-old Cleveland man whose shooting death was recorded and shared on Facebook is suing the social media company for failing to notify authorities about threats posted by the gunman.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed over the killing of Robert Godwin Sr last April accuses Facebook of negligence because it has extensive data-mining capabilities, but did not catch and report the gunman’s threats of violence before the shooting.

A lawyer for Facebook did not address those specific allegations, but expressed sympathy for Mr Godwin’s family and noted that content violating Facebook’s policies is removed when users report it.

Gunman Steve Stephens shared video of shooting Mr Godwin along a Cleveland street. The 37-year-old killed himself two days later after a police chase in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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