The father of a murdered journalist has urged the government to join forces in a lawsuit pending Tuesday for Facebook to change its internal use, accusing him of failing to remove images of his daughter’s murder from its platforms.
Andy Parker, the father of the journalist, Alison Parker, told a news conference on Tuesday that the social media company was violating his Facebook and Instagram videos of his daughter’s attack.
Ms Parker, a WDBJ TV correspondent in Roanoke, Va., And cameraman, Adam Ward, were killed in August 2015 by a former colleague, who attacked them during a radio broadcast.
Ms. Parker, 24, and Mr. Ward, 27, are said to have died at the scene. A former coworker later committed suicide.
In a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission, Parker and Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic said that although there were assurances from company officials that the images would be removed, the video continued to appear on Facebook and Instagram.
“Posting violence and killing is not free speech, it is cruel,” Mr Parker told a news conference.
In a statement Wednesday, Facebook said, “These videos are violating our code of conduct and we are continuing to remove them from the platform as we have been doing since the incident.”
The company added, “We are continuing to search for and delete similar or installed videos.”
A complaint to the FTC stated that Facebook and Instagram do not review the posted or mentioned content in a timely manner, making it difficult to remove the most widely distributed videos.
“Volunteers who spend a lot of time viewing social media platforms on social media should wait a week after reporting inside before responding from the platform; Even after these attempts, the videos are usually on the site, ”the complaint said.
The complaint said the volunteers helped Mr. Parker post videos on Facebook and Instagram, but that the shooting videos were recovered or denied.
Two such videos – once posted on the day of the assassination, six years ago – were posted on Facebook as recently as October 6, a complaint. The other two, also posted in 2015, were posted on Instagram on October 5, 2021, and had not been removed, it said.
The legal clinic has asked the FTC to make Facebook change its internal audit practices or face hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.
The FTC representative could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
The complaint has been lodged as technical giants face increasing pressure from the government, whose scrutiny has recently reached Facebook in particular. The FTC sued the company this year, and this month, the owner of the whistleblower told Congress about the company’s investigation into the potential harm to teens to teenagers and about the potential of Facebook police misconduct.
Last year, Parker and the Georgetown Law clinic filed a complaint with the FTC accusing YouTube, the owner of Google, of misleading consumers by refusing to download videos that violated the law.
“Alison’s murder, shared on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, is one of the most vicious acts that is tarnishing the image of our people,” Mr Parker said Tuesday.
Mr Parker also urged Congress to control the media, saying, “I hope my FTC grievance is justified but in the end, Congress will have to address social media before it destroys our country and the world.”
In an interview Wednesday, he also linked his complaint to evidence provided by Frances Haugen, owner of the Facebook newspaper, about the company’s ability to view the contents of the platforms.
“His testimony confirms that news companies have AI and are capable of scrutinizing murder and misinformation, things they say they do not allow on their platform, but they cannot remove it because it distorts reality,” he said. “They made money with Alison’s murder.”