Facebook FB, +0.98% co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed his condolences to the loved ones of Philando Castile, the black motorist shot to death by police Wednesday night in Minnesota, saying that the disturbing video showing the aftermath of Castile’s shooting spotlights the everyday unease felt by millions of Americans.
“The images we’ve seen this week are graphic and heartbreaking, and they shine a light on the fear that millions of members of our community live with every day,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Thursday night.
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The Facebook Live video, live-streamed by Castile’s fianceé, Diamond Reynolds, added to nationwide outrage over recent killings of black men at the hands of police officers. The shooting of Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., came just a day after another high-profile police shooting of a black man in Baton Rouge, La. That incident, in which 37-year-old Anton Sterling was killed, was also captured on mobile video. Both videos quickly went viral. As of Thursday evening, Reynolds’ video had been seen more than 4.6 million times on Facebook.
“While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond’s,” Zuckerberg wrote, “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.”
While responses to Zuckerberg’s message were mixed, many credited Facebook for providing an outlet for news that otherwise may have been underreported. “Thank you for giving the marginalized a voice,” one commenter said.
Zuckerberg did not address the “glitch” that briefly removed the video from Reynolds’ Facebook page Wednesday night, though it may have been temporarily flagged for graphic content.
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