Milwaukee police have issued Facebook with a search warrant after three teenagers reportedly live-streamed themselves having sex on the social network. The teens reportedly skipped class to conduct the live-stream, which some classmates watched from their phones during health class.
According to a local Milwaukee CBS affiliate, the events took place in January, 2016, and involved two girls (ages 14 and 15) and a 15-year-old boy who are students at Barack Obama School. The outlet reports that Milwaukee Police have asked for more details about the live-stream, and specifically for information about one of the participants’ accounts:
Milwaukee Police are asking Facebook to hand over all the information it has on the account of a 14-year-old girl. From pictures, status history and videos to user information like name, email, and IP address.
We’ve reached out to Facebook and the Milwaukee Police and will update this story if we hear back.
Update (2:48 EST):
A Facebook spokesperson said that the company “do not comment on specific cases” and sent the following comment on company policies around Facebook Live:
We believe the vast majority of people are using Facebook Live to come together and share experiences in the moment with their friends and family. But if someone does violate our Community Standards while using Live, we want to interrupt these streams as quickly as possible when they’re reported to us. So we’ve given people a way to report violations during a live broadcast.
We do understand and recognize that there are unique challenges when it comes to content and safety for Live videos. It’s a serious responsibility, we work hard to strike the right balance between enabling expression while providing a safe and respectful experience. We’re deeply committed to improving the effectiveness of how we handle reports of live content that violates our Community Standards.
[Disclosure: Facebook has launched a program that pays publishers, including the New York Times and Buzzfeed, to produce videos for its Facebook Live tool. Gawker Media, Gizmodo’s parent company, recently joined that program.]