It’s not everyday when a social media website becomes the portal through which the Internet observes a man die from a fatal police shooting. Mark Zuckerberg has taken this into account, and he posted a message in response to the live-streaming of Philando Castile‘s death on Facebook Live earlier this week.
Before the Dallas shootings took place last night, the nation was observing how the deaths of Castile and Alton Sterling became flashpoints for discussions this week on racism and police brutality. Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop on Wednesday, and when his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds live-streamed the encounter on Facebook, it quickly went viral and prompted new discussions on social justice.
On Thursday, Zuckerberg offered sympathy to Castile’s loved ones, and also said that the video demonstrates how Facebook’s live-stream feature is an important tool for shedding light on major issues.
“The images we’ve seen this week are graphic and heartbreaking,” Zuckerberg said. “While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond’s, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important — and how far we still have to go.”
You can read Zuckerberg’s complete statement below.
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