WASHINGTON - Just days after the shooting death of Philando Castile was broadcast live on Facebook, the smartphone app feature has captured another shooting.
The latest shooting that was broadcast happened in Norfolk, Virginia, as the video shows three men sitting in a car live-streaming while they listened to music when they were apparently hit with a barrage of gunfire. In the video, you can hear 30 gunshots in a 22-second span.
The men were seriously injured and police are still looking for the shooter.
This Facebook video posted Tuesday has over 600,000 views and comes just three months after Facebook made its livestreaming feature available to the public.
Live-streaming videos are now filling social media timelines across the globe.
“This is real,” said Derika Crowley, a social media expert. “This is probably going to be the norm pretty soon as well.”
She said these live videos are a sign of the times. The Georgetown University graduate has studied the evolution of social media and what lies ahead.
“I definitely think it's a sign that people are soon going to become journalists,” Crowley said.
Most live-streaming options take mere seconds to activate. When Crowley saw the Norfolk shooting posted on Facebook, she said her initial emotion was shock.
More than one billion users on Facebook had access to the graphic live video. According to her, this is just the beginning.
“We will see things like the video that just came out and you can't really predict what people will show and that can be a little scary,” she said.
Facebook said the live video of the Norfolk shooting was left up because it is classified as content shared to condemn violence, which apparently is within Facebook’s standards.