Father Michael Pfleger | St. Sabina

During an April 21 press conference outside of Facebook’s Chicago headquarters in the West Loop, Father Michael Pfleger, head of the Faith Community of St. Sabina, shared his views on Facebook’s live-streaming service.

We’re calling on Facebook to have corporate responsibility. I appreciate when Facebook puts out statements of sympathy when somebody’s been raped or shot or killed on Facebook Live. But sympathy is not good enough. We need corporate action and corporate responsibility.

I can’t even tell you how much violence in the neighborhoods, in my neighborhood, is sparked and birthed on social media.

I don’t quite understand. I do Facebook Live and behind me Stevie Wonder’s song is playing. They will immediately shut it down because I don’t have property rights to play that song in the background of my Facebook Live.

If we have intellectual rights and copyright protections, why would we not have human life protection? So when 14- and 15-year-olds are on Facebook and Facebook Live wielding guns around, which is illegal, why is that not immediately shut down?