So within the timeframe of one hour, I heard two things that got my attention concerning the school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
I was listening to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s press conference on the shooting. He said that school shooter Ramos posted to Facebook (in direct messages) “I’m going to shoot my grandmother.”
Then he posted “I shot my grandmother.”
Then he posted “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”
Seriously…Facebook, doesn’t have an algorithm that flags people who post the phrases “I shot…” or “I’m going to shoot”?
Gee…it seems like that would be important information to flush out in real time so that police could be notified as soon as possible.
So about 30 minutes after hearing this, I’m in the kitchen listening to a Facebook ad on TV about how safe and secure they are making the world.
The woman in the ad says, “Facebook is taking action to keep its platform safe. Over 40,000 people are working on safety and security – that’s more than the size of FBI.”
She also touted “$16 billion spent in the last six years” and how they’re doing all of this to keep people on the platform safe.
Obviously it’s not working.
Obviously Facebook doesn’t have a clue on how to keep people safe even when someone actually posts that they’re going to go out and kill people – or they have killed people.
The ad, which can be found on the Facebook website, goes on to say that over the last few months, Facebook took action on more than 8 million pieces of bullying related content.
Yes, I’m sure they’ve been busy stopping the disinformation, misinformation and malinformation coming from republicans – busy stopping “lies” about vaccines, mandates, CRT in schools, Dr. Fauci and other important stuff they need to fight against.
But busy finding and flagging threats to kill people and to shoot up schools? Not so much.