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Facebook's identity crisis: is the social media platform a publisher or not?




Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016.
Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016.
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It might have just been another murder story. An elderly man in Cleveland, Robert Godwin was shot. Another incident of gun violence.

But then, a video of the murder was uploaded to Facebook.

Tuesday morning, police in Pennsylvania report the suspect, the man who posted the video, shot and killed himself after being chased by authorities.

This incident has re-ignited a long-simmering debate about the company's responsibilities to its users and whether it's just a 'platform' or something more than that.

Laura Davis is Digital News Director of the Annenberg Media Center at USC, she joined A Martinez to discuss Facebook's evolving platform and where the company goes from here.

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