Facebook removed 1.5mill videos of mosques attacks

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

Garlick also put out another tweet stating that Facebook will be removing all edited versions of the video from its platform (that do not show graphic content), as a mark of respect for those affected by the tragedy.

Using a GoPro camera, suspect Brenton Tarrant broadcast extremely graphic footage of him shooting the worshippers at Christchurch's Al Noor Mosque via Facebook Live.

Saying there were "further questions to be answered" by the tech giants, Ms Ardern said Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg had been in contact and "acknowledged what has occurred here in New Zealand".

Ardern on Sunday said she would be looking for answers from social media firms about how the mosque attack, that killed 50 people on Friday, was livestreamed on their platforms.

"This is an issue that I will look to be discussing directly with Facebook", added Ms Ardern.

"We did as much as we could to remove or seek to have removed some of the footage that was being circulated in the aftermath of this terrorist attack". "But ultimately it has been up to those platforms to facilitate their removal". But the stream, lasting 17 minutes, was shared repeatedly on Twitter, Alphabet Inc's YouTube, Facebook-owned Whatsapp and Instagram.

The distressing 17-minute livestream was available to watch on social media for hours after the attack that also left 34 people wounded.

The social media giant's New Zealand spokeswoman, Mia Garlick has now posted an update on Twitter revealing that Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, within the first 24 hours of the attack. "But I sadly have to say that the capacity to actually assist fully is very limited on the technology side".

Hours after the attack, New Zealand police said they were working to have the footage removed while urging people not to share it.

"So I think there are some very real discussions that have to be had about how these facilities and capabilities as they exist on social media, can continue to be offered".

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