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Recommended Reading: When Facebook Live replaces 911

Engadget Engadget 9/07/2016 Billy Steele
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How Facebook Live
is becoming the social
911 for people who
can't trust the police

Salvador Rodriguez,

A Facebook Live stream captured the moments after Philando Castile was shot by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota this week. During the video, Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds explains that they were pulled over for a broken taillight. She says that he told officers that he was carrying a gun and had the required concealed carry permit. When Castile reached for his wallet, the police shot him. The incident made Facebook's livestreaming tool a social 911 at a time when tensions between law enforcement and the public are high.

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