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Facebook Blames Removal of Fatal Philando Castile Shooting Video on a ‘Technical Glitch’

On Wednesday, Philando Castile, a 32-year-old Minnesota man, was shot by police during a traffic stop. The aftermath of the fatal shooting was captured live on video and posted to Facebook by a woman identified as Castile’s girlfriend. Soon after it went viral, the footage, which depicts Castile, slumped over in his seat and covered in blood, as well as the woman’s four-year-old daughter, disappeared. After about an hour—and complaints from various people on and off of the platform—Facebook restored the footage and blamed it on a “technical glitch.”

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Maria Dehn

Maria Dehn has held editorial management positions for numerous print and Web publications. She has more than 17 years of Information Technologies and journalism experience and has written many reports on cloud computing. You can reach her on Twitter @MariaDehn

Maria Dehn

Maria Dehn

Maria Dehn

Maria Dehn