The circumstances surrounding the way Facebook responded to posts from murderer Steve Stephens on Sunday are raising questions about how interested the social media giant is about limiting content that would have to be regarded as damaging to society.
It took more than 2 hours for Facebook operators to disable his account after he posted videos showing his killing of a 74 year old stranger and admitting to the murder on Sunday afternoon.
They’ve apologized for their slow response, and pledge they’ll do better next time.
We can only hope that will be the case.
In the end, it’s likely that the spread through social media of pictures of Stephens and the Ford Fusion he used to flea from Cleveland may have led a McDonalds restaurant worker 100 miles away in western Pennsylvania to tip off police, who chased him until he shot and killed himself Tuesday morning.
There are those who say they wish Stephens could have been captured so we might learn why he did what he did.
Honestly I must say I don’t care if he hated his mother, why he couldn’t get along with his girl friend in Twinsburg, or why the gambling debts he ranted about in his social media posts were because he bet on the ponies or the lottery.
We can only hope that the family of the man we know he killed will find some closure. None of us, however, will ever be able to make any sense of what he did.
That’s the way I see it.