But when Diamond Reynolds used Facebook Live to document her boyfriend Philando Castile's fatal shooting at the hands of a police officer, the footage vanished from the site shortly after it was posted.
The company blamed the video's absence on a technical glitch; it reappeared on the site about an hour later with a graphic content warning. But the incident has prompted questions about how Facebook decides what content it allows on its platform.
Facebook's content guidelines say it bans violent or graphic images from its site "when they are shared for sadistic pleasure or to celebrate or glorify violence."
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