Andy Parker, the father of slain journalist Alison Parker, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 16 seeking regulations of global content giants, such as Google and YouTube.
In August 2015, reporter Alison Parker, cameraman Adam Ward and Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, were shot during a live WDBJ7 broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza. Gardner survived the shooting. The gunman, former WDBJ7 reporter Vester Lee Flanagan II, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound hours after the incident in Moneta.
Speaking to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Parker said the pain his family felt was amplified when Alison’s killer posted the murder onto the internet. Following his daughter’s death, Parker said he has advocated for “sensible” gun laws, but some have claimed Alison’s murder was faked as “part of conspiracy to take their guns.”
“They have taken the gruesome footage of my daughter’s murder, edited it and flooded YouTube with hate-filled diatribes maligning us,” Parker said. “As the company with a virtual monopoly on internet search and online video hosting, Google has a duty to make sure the information they make accessible to the world is based on facts and not harmful conspiracy theories.”
-For more information, see the July 24 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-