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Suspect Livestreams Shootout With LA Cops

He yells officers are 'about to kill me'

(Newser) - A homicide suspect livestreamed on Facebook as he traded gunfire with police, eventually shooting a Los Angeles SWAT officer before a police round struck him, a law enforcement official says. Both the suspect and officer are expected to survive, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says. The official, speaking to... More »

Man Streams Suicide by Fire on Facebook Live

Covered in flames, he ran into the bar where his ex works

(Newser) - While streaming live on Facebook early Saturday, a Memphis musician doused his body in kerosene before fatally setting himself on fire in what police are calling a suicide. NBC News reports that Jared McLemore, 33, began filming outside Murphy’s Bar before lighting himself on fire and running offscreen into... More »

Zuckerberg Responds to 'Heartbreaking' Facebook Live Problem

Social media company will take steps to combat murders, suicides posted there

(Newser) - After a disturbing series of murder and suicide videos posted to Facebook or broadcast on Facebook Live , Mark Zuckerberg has apparently heard the wave of concern about video on Facebook. In a Wednesday morning post on the social media platform he created, Zuckerberg promised that the company is working on... More »

Man Hangs Baby Girl on Facebook Live Then Kills Self

Facebook calls it an 'appalling incident'

(Newser) - A 20-year-old man streamed himself hanging his 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live before killing himself Monday evening in a vacant hotel in Thailand, the AP reports. According to the New York Times , a four-minute video shows a crying Wuttisan Wongtalay tying a noose around his daughter's neck and dropping... More »

One Take on Facebook's Video Problem: 'Not Solvable'

That's one question being asked in the wake of the Cleveland killing

(Newser) - Facebook hosted its annual developers' conference on Tuesday, but Mark Zuckerberg pivoted briefly to discuss the weekend murder of a man in Cleveland that was broadcast on Facebook Live. "We have a lot more to do here," he said, per the BBC , offering sympathy to the family of... More »

Suspect in Facebook Murder Kills Self as Cops Close In

Steve Stephens is dead in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - The hunt for the alleged Facebook killer is over. Police in Erie, Pa., say Steve Stephens fatally shot himself after a brief chase, reports the Daily Beast . Stephens, 37, had been on the run since Sunday, when he was accused of shooting a 74-year-old man to death in a random... More »

Cops: Man Broadcast Killing on Facebook Live

Police in Cleveland seeking suspect Steve Stephens

(Newser) - Police in Cleveland say a man shot and killed another man Sunday while broadcasting it on Facebook Live. Authorities are looking for Steve Stephens, who is considered armed and dangerous, reports CNN . Stephens not only allegedly broadcast the killing, he posted another video in which he claimed to have "... More »

Boy Turned In by Mom in Facebook Live Rape No One Reported

Two have now been arrested, more arrests expected

(Newser) - A second teenager suspected in the sexual assault of a Chicago teenager that was streamed live on Facebook turned himself in to police on Monday afternoon, the AP reports. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the mother of a 15-year-old boy who was being sought on an arrest warrant issued Sunday... More »

Boy, 14, Arrested in Facebook Live Rape No One Reported

Chicago assault was watched by 40 people, no one called police

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old Chicago girl that was streamed live on Facebook and watched by about 40 people who didn't report it to authorities, police said late Saturday. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said more arrests are expected as the... More »

Cops: Teen Girl's Gang Rape Was on Facebook Live

40 people watched without calling police

(Newser) - Around 40 people watched a 15-year-old girl being gang-raped on Facebook Live and none of them bothered to call authorities, police in Chicago say. Police say the girl, who went missing on Sunday, was tracked down after her mother showed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson screenshots of the disturbing attack... More »

Teen Girl Live-Streams Her Suicide on Facebook

She's at least 3rd person in US to live-stream their suicide in past month

(Newser) - A 14-year-old girl killed herself in her foster family's bathroom early Monday in Florida while live-streaming on Facebook Live, the Miami Herald reports. Police say the girl made a noose out of a scarf and hung herself from a shower door after live-streaming for two hours. A friend of... More »

Steelers Coach Foiled by Facebook Live

Mike Tomlin caught on live video bad-mouthing the Patriots

(Newser) - Oh, the irony. After the Pittsburgh Steelers won Sunday night and earned the right to play the Patriots in the AFC championship, a member of the team can be heard pleading in the locker room, “Be cool on social media, man! This is about us, nobody else, man!”... More »

Facebook Beating Started as Pretend Fight

4 suspects are in court Friday

(Newser) - The 18-year-old victim of a brutal beating broadcast on Facebook Live thought he was going to a sleepover. That's what his parents thought, too, when they dropped him off at a McDonald's in the Chicago suburbs on New Year's Eve to meet up with 18-year-old Jordan Hill,... More »

4 Charged With Hate Crime After Video of Beating Goes Viral

Suspects in Facebook Live video overheard saying they hoped video would go viral

(Newser) - Four people have been arrested and charged with a hate crime in the beating of an 18-year-old with mental disabilities that was broadcast on Facebook Live in what a police rep is calling a "reprehensible" 30-minute video. The man's parents had dropped him off at a McDonald's... More »

Seconds Into Facebook Live Video, a Deadly Crash

2 Pennsylvania teens died at the scene

(Newser) - For a few seconds, a light illuminated Brooke Hughes' face. "Are you going live?" a voice asked, but Hughes didn't have time to respond. With the sound of squealing tires, the Facebook Live video went dark after midnight on Tuesday, reports the Scranton Times-Tribune . By the time a... More »

Man Brags About Shooting Ex-Wife, Son on Facebook Live

Police say Earl Valentine left his son dead and ex-wife in critical condition

(Newser) - "I loved my wife, but she deserved what she had coming," WRAL quotes Earl Valentine as saying in a chilling Facebook Live video early Tuesday. Authorities believe Valentine recorded the video while driving away from his ex-wife's house after shooting her and killing their 15-year-old son, the... More »

3 Men Gunned Down on Facebook Live Stream

They were listening to music when shots rang out—and the phone kept recording

(Newser) - Three men in a car in Norfolk, Va., were ambushed and shot Tuesday evening, and the phone of one of the men streamed the entire incident on Facebook Live, USA Today reports. In the video, a man IDed as TJ Williams is seen hanging out with two other men, listening... More »

Democrats' Dramatic Sit-In Now in Second Day

But Ryan officially adjourns House until July 5

(Newser) - Democrats are calling their sit-in protest on the House floor a success, even though it hasn't led to the votes on gun-control legislation they demanded. About two dozen lawmakers were still taking part Thursday morning, even after House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned the chamber about 3am until after the... More »

Facebook Live, Where Murder Is Broadcast in Real Time

Antonio Perkins' murder was apparently broadcast live

(Newser) - Lately, logging on to your favorite social media site has gotten a little more gruesome than watching videos of your friends' kids or pets: With Facebook Live allowing people to broadcast live video to followers, Facebook users were recently privy to the apparent live killing of one Chicago man and... More »

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