Facebook will deactivate your accounts and delete your videos at police request, without a warrant.

So that's great news.

In the middle of a five-hour standoff that ended in the death of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines, Facebook granted an emergency request from the Baltimore County police department to take her social media accounts offline, police have said.

Baltimore County police officers shot and killed Gaines on Monday after she barricaded herself inside her Randallstown apartment with her five-year-old son and pointed a shotgun at officers attempting to serve an arrest warrant on charges stemming from a 10 March traffic stop including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Gaines was using social media to broadcast the standoff, which began when officers showed up on Monday morning to serve a warrant. Police officials asked Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, to suspend Gaines' accounts through what police called a "law enforcement portal", a part of the site open to certified law enforcement agencies.

At some point after that, police shot Gaines, killing her.

Previously, previously.

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2 Responses:

  1. Joe Crawford says:

    The world needs realtime judicial review.

    Pity there's no money in impartial jurisprudence.

  2. Eli the Bearded says:

    "Our mission is to connect the world," said a Facebook spokesperson when asked about the change. "The business model that gives everyone in the world the option of using Facebook and our services for free is an ad supported model. Livestreams of deadly police raids get a lot of views, but no one is spending money to advertise there."