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A teen fired up Facebook Live from the highway. Moments later, everyone in her car was dead.

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It breaks one’s heart: completely innocuous intention, and everyone is dead. Perhaps the psychological research devoted to making cellphones, the internet, and our technology more and more addictive—and that is indeed a big area of applied research. The ideal is something as addictive as cigarettes but without the cancer part. But addiction does come at a cost: a narrowing of focus so situational awareness shrinks to the object of addiction.

Peter Holley and Cleve R. Wootson Jr. write in the Washington Post:

“Are you going live?”

It would be the final question Brooke Miranda Hughes would hear before a tractor-trailer plowed into the back of her car as it crawled down Interstate 380 in Pennsylvania just after midnight Tuesday.

Chaniya Morrison-Toomey, the passenger who posed the question, was referring to Facebook Live, which Hughes had just launched to broadcast live from her moving vehicle, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

The final moments of their young lives — marked by a flash of lights, screeching tires and then seven minutes of blackness — were captured on the live-streamed video after Hughes, sitting behind the wheel, held her phone near her face for the rest of the world to see.

Hughes, 18, and Morrison-Toomey, 19, were declared dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck that killed them was uninjured, according to the Associated Press.

Video of the incident, which began so innocuously, was posted on Hughes’ Facebook page, where it has been watched more than 7,000 times, according to the Times-Tribune.

Facebook Live launched in 2015 and allows users to stream live video to their Facebook pages, where others can watch in real time, or after the fact. The service is used in a variety of capacities, from broadcasting breaking news, protests and events to giving lectures or communicating with friends.

Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, told CBS News in April that Facebook Live allows users to bring “a little TV studio” to their pockets.

It was via Facebook Live that Diamond Reynolds broadcast the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of her boyfriend during a traffic stop in a Twin Cities suburb.

“Stay with me,” she told Philando Castile. Her Facebook video quickly spread across social media and cable news, turning the deadly July confrontation into one of the highest-profile fatal police shootings in recent years. Last month, prosecutors in Minnesota charged the officer who killed Castile with second-degree manslaughter. . .

Continue reading.

At that point they had a video, which is worth watching, but watch this first. I think it is important, and you can see why Black Lives Matter has a lot of energy from quite valid causes. This nation is not looking good in some aspects—well, TBH, in quite a few aspects: Trigger warning: You do not see the actual shooting, but the video starts immediately thereafter and we witness intimate moments of immediate grief along with a raging sense of injustice.

 

Written by LeisureGuy

9 December 2016 at 4:54 pm

Posted in Law Enforcement

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