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Flanagan is reported to WDBJ, under the name of Bryce Williams
The father of Alison Parker, a television news reporter who was killed during a live show in 2015, has slammed YouTube, sick videos of her killing, which continue to be circulated on the video-sharing site.
On Aug. 26, 2015, and Alison Parker, 24, a cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, were shot dead by 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan, during a live interview in Moneta, Va. Flanagan, a disgruntled former reporter, who also went by the name of Bryce, Williams, and later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The gunman entered the story in a GoPro that he was wearing, and the images quickly spread on social media, where Facebook and Twitter, along with YouTube, in order to rush to delete any of them.
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However, Parker’s father, Andy Parker, told the Washington Post that the videos of the killing are still circulating on YouTube, which is owned by Google. “We have been highlighting all of the things,” he said. “Everything has to come out. This is so cool. I could not tolerate them taking advantage of my daughter’s murder, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.”
One photo is of the flowers for a wake, for Alison Parker, at the Martinsville High School football field on August 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Va. – file photo. Two members of staff of WDBJ TV, was killed during a live broadcast at the Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake on the 26th of August, 2015. T
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Parker has filed a complaint and request for investigation with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that YouTube was in violation of the terms of the hosting of the videos that graphically depict people being murdered. The video-sharing site, it is in responding to moments of pure shock value, and entertainment,” according to the complaint, which was prepared by the University of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic.
“The foundation of the terms and Conditions of the Service, claiming that the violent content is not allowed, it will lead users to reasonably believe that they won’t find any,” the complaint says. “In fact, these videos are quite common on the top of the platform, and many of them stayed there for a couple of years.”
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In the complaint, however, Parker notes that some of the videos of his daughter’s dying moments to spread it on YouTube, almost five years after her death.” The videos will be edited in a variety of ways, in almost all cases, the increase in shock value, the filing said.
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 10: Andy Parker (W), to be the father of the murdered TELEVISION news reporter Alison Parker, speaks while surrounded by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), (R), during an anti-gun rally on Capitol Hill, September 10, 2015, in Washington, DC, file photo.
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Parker said that is a conspiracy of cheaters to have a raw-screen cable TV and a GoPro footage of the assassination, spreading lies, and subjects him to the action. Others have uploaded videos to YouTube, “for sheer sadistic entertainment,” the filing adds.
“For the users, that is, the continued existence of this species of entertainment, will continue to harass Mr. Parker, by the time of his passion, as a fake, ” the filing said. “Still, to this day, Mr. Parker and his family, it was just a tool to defend themselves from such a traumatic and oil of vitriol, and the nightmare of their daughter’s death: watch these two videos, one by one, in order to report them.”
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A spokeswoman for YouTube told Fox News that the video-sharing site, the Community Guidelines are intended to be for the protection of its users, including those affected by the disaster. “We have to specifically ban videos that are aimed to shock with violence, or to blame the victims, the public, and violent events are part of a hoax,” she explained, via e-mail. “We will strictly enforce this policy using a combination of machine learning technology and human review, and in the last couple of years, we’ve removed thousands and thousands of copies of this video to be a violation of our policies. We will continue to be vigilant, and to improve the enforcement of the policy.”
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YouTube says that in the third quarter of 2019, the removal of more than 1.3 million videos, for the violation of its policy with respect to violent and graphic content.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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