This article was originally published on GoErie.com on Jan 30, 2018
CLEVELAND — The family of a Cleveland retiree whose shooting death was recorded and shared on Facebook is suing the social media company for failing to notify authorities about threats posted by the shooter.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed over the April slaying of Robert Godwin Sr. calls Facebook negligent because it has extensive data-mining capabilities but didn’t catch and report the shooter’s threats of violence before the shooting.
Gunman Steve Stephens shared video of shooting Godwin, 74, along a Cleveland street. Stephens, 37, killed himself two days later after a police chase in Erie.
A lawyer for Facebook didn’t address those specific allegations in a statement to WJW-TV, but she expressed sympathy for Godwin’s family and noted that content violating Facebook’s policies is removed when users report it.