Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Facebook to Review Handling of Videos After Cleveland Killing


The livestream of the alleged confession was flagged shortly after it ended, but the video reportedly showing a killing was not reported to Facebook until 1 p.m., the company said.

Later Sunday, police say Stephens, 37, added another video to the page - in which he laughed about Godwin's death and claimed he'd also killed a number of other people. A manhunt is underway in several states, including MI, to find the man wanted for murdering Robert Godwin Sr.in Cleveland. Stephens said the name of a woman, whom Godwin didn't seem to recognize.

Reports of location data from Stephens' phone suggest he may have traveled northeast from the location of the shooting in Cleveland, with the last "ping" from the phone showing up about 100 miles up the coast of Lake Erie.

Someone called in a tip to police Monday morning, according to state Trooper David McGarvey, that they spotted a vehicle matching the description of Stephens' 2016 white Ford Fusion on Interstate 99 near Altoona.

At a press conference late Sunday, authorities urged Stephens to turn himself in.

Williams said authorities have yet to determine a motive for the shooting.

"He is considered armed and unsafe, so we want people to be careful out there", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters.

Godwin Sr.'s children described him as a wonderful person who loved his family, and said they want their father to be remembered for the good he did in his life, not for the horrific video.

"We know we need to do better", the statement says. He helped young people develop job skills and find employment, said Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer.

"We prioritize reports with serious safety implications for our community, and are working on making that review process go even faster", Osofsky said.

Facebook said murder suspect Steve Stephens had initially uploaded a video announcing his intent to commit murder - but it was not reported.

Stephens' mother, Maggie Green, told CNN the oldest of her three children came by her house Saturday afternoon.

The woman Stephens was referring to, Joy Lane, told CBS News in a text message that she had been in a relationship with Stephens for several years, saying "I am sorry that all of this has happened".

After he spotted the man he's accused of killing, he said: "I found somebody I am about to kill".

A huge manhunt is under way in the United States after police said a man from OH shot and killed an elderly man and posted footage of the killing on Facebook. Stephens, she said, told her "it would be a miracle" if she ever saw him again.

Police say he should be considered armed and risky.

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