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Facebook ‘has a lot of work to do’ admits Mark Zuckerberg in wake of Cleveland shooting

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said the social network “has a lot of work to do” in order to prevent repeats of the Cleveland shooting of Robert Godwin Sr, after a video of his murder was shared on the site.

The technology giant’s chief executive said “our hearts go out to the friends and family” of Godwin, who was shot dead by Steve Stephens in the US city of Cleveland in Sunday in an apparent random killing.

Stephens filmed and then posted the video of the attack to Facebook, but was found dead in his car on Tuesday. He is believed to have shot himself after a short police pursuit.

Zuckerberg said during his keynote speech at the company’s F8 developer conference in California that the company’s “next focus is to build community” and also to build “common ground” between users.

“We have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” Zuckerberg said.

Facebook has also been heavily criticised for its management and removal of illegal and extreme content on the site, as well as the sharing of so-called fake news stories. Stephens’ video of the murder was live on the site for more than two hours before it was removed.

Facebook said Stephens’ account was suspended within 23 minutes of the murder video being reported, but admitted it needs to “do better”.

“Keeping our global community safe is an important part of our mission,” the company said.

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