Business Insider Edition

YouTube scrambled to remove graphic videos of a police officer bleeding to death, and it shows it's still not in control of its own platform

Jake Kanter , Business Insider US
 Jun 27, 2019, 12:04 PM
Michael Langsdorf.
North County Police Cooperative
  • YouTube has removed two videos showing the shocking aftermath of a police shooting in St Louis, Missouri, during which officer Michael Langsdorf was killed.
  • The incident was streamed lived on Facebook, and copies of the footage were uploaded to YouTube. One appeared among the top search results for "Michael Langsdorf."
  • Several hours after Business Insider flagged the videos to YouTube, the platform took down the footage for violating its policies on graphic content.
  • It serves as another reminder that Facebook and YouTube are struggling to deal with graphic content being livestreamed and shared across their platforms.
  • For more stories, go to Business Insider SA.

YouTube has removed at least two videos showing the shocking aftermath of a police shooting in the US city of St. Louis on Sunday.

The incident, in which officer Michael Langsdorf lay bleeding to death after being shot in the back of the neck, was streamed lived on Facebook. Copies of the footage were then uploaded to YouTube.

Business Insider identified at least two versions of the video, one of which appeared among the top search results for "Michael Langsdorf."

It showed a chaotic scene, at the centre of which is Langsdorf laying face down with blood pooling around his chest.

Both versions of the video carried the warning "This video may be inappropriate for some users," followed by a message that says "I understand and wish to proceed." Together, the videos were viewed around 15,000 times.

A now-deleted version of the Michael Langsdorf video.
YouTube

Several hours after Business Insider flagged the videos to YouTube, the platform took them down for violating its policies on graphic content. A spokeswoman did not comment further.

The original Facebook livestream was posted by Kashina Harper, a clerk in the store in which the shooting took place. It was removed at the request of the North County Police Cooperative, which polices areas around St Louis.

A Facebook spokeswoman told Business Insider: "When people pass away, we work to minimize painful and jarring experiences for their friends and family.

"We have Community Standards and remove anything that violates them, including violence and graphic content. In addition to these policies, family of the deceased can use the violent death contact form available in our help center to request video or photos showing the death of a loved one be removed."

The incident serves as another reminder that Facebook and YouTube are struggling to deal with graphic content being livestreamed and shared across their platforms following the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque massacre in March.

On Monday, the North County Police Cooperative said it had charged Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks, 26, with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm, and felony resisting in connection with Langsdorf's death.

Receive a single WhatsApp every morning with all our latest news: click here.

Also from Business Insider South Africa:

  • Indicators
  • JSE Indexes
13.82
1,13%
17.36
0,28%
15.60
0,76%
$1,446.14
1,5%
57872.53
0,41%
DAILY BUSINESS INSIDER UPDATE

Get the best of our site delivered to your inbox every day.

Sign Up