As more gruesome crimes and attacks show up on live online video, social media platforms are facing new challenges on preventing the spread of gruesome and horrific content.
The challenge was underscored in Monday's deadly attack on a policeman and his wife in France in which the killer posted on Facebook a live 13-minute video of himself with the victim's child in which he admitted the murders and urged fellow militants to carry out more bloodshed.
"Whenever terrorist content is reported to us , we remove it as quickly as possible. We treat takedown requests by law enforcement with the highest urgency."
The Facebook statement acknowledged "unique challenges" for live-streamed videos, adding, "it's a serious responsibility, and we work hard to strike the right balance between enabling expression while providing a safe and respectful experience."
Periscope, according to its policy statement, "is intended to be open and safe" and "explicit graphic content is not allowed" including "depictions of child abuse, animal abuse, or bodily harm."