Facebook says it 'quickly' removed New Zealand shooter's video

Facebook says it 'quickly' removed New Zealand shooter's video

Facebook says it 'quickly' removed New Zealand shooter's video

A suspected gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants.

The live footage of Friday's attacks, New Zealand's worst-ever mass shooting, was first posted to Facebook and has since been shared on Twitter, Alphabet Inc's YouTube and Facebook-owned Whatsapp and Instagram. "49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured".

"Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and is removed as soon as we become aware of it", read the statement from the Google-owned video sharing company.

Videos and posts that glorify violence are against Facebook's rules, but Facebook has drawn criticism for responding slowly to such items, including video of a slaying in Cleveland and a live-streamed killing of a baby in Thailand.

She said platforms like YouTube have the ability to find and remove violent videos with keyword searches, but that more people are needed to monitor the platforms.

Frustrated with years of similar obscene online crises, politicians around the globe on Friday voiced the same conclusion: social media is failing.

Facebook's Australia-New Zealand policy director Mia Garlick has confirmed the video has been removed.

PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, said on Twitter he felt "absolutely sickened" that the alleged gunman referred to him during the livestream. "I think this will add to all the calls around the world for more effective regulation of social media platforms".

At least some expect Facebook to suffer consequences.

But Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University communications professor who follows social media, said the companies were doing far too little to prevent the spread of violent content.

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Facebook and YouTube were created to share pictures of babies, puppies and other wholesome things, he said, "but they were expanded at such a scale and built with no safeguards such that they were easy to hijack by the worst elements of humanity".

Facebook told CNET it had removed the unverified footage and was also pulling down "praise or support" posts for the shootings.

Users intent on sharing the violent video took several approaches - doing so at times with an nearly military precision.

YouTube's handling of the footage drew criticism from British Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who argued that if the site can't halt the dissemination of the videos, it should suspend new uploads across the board. Others shared shorter sections or screenshots from the gunman's livestream.

Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as he drove to the mosque. "Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage".

Exact matches of removed material can not be uploaded again at YouTube and Facebook.

According to CNN, Facebook's human moderators and its artificial intelligence were unable to detect the launch of the livestream. The platforms have also been used for videos showing police brutality.

Joshua Buxbaum, chief executive of Irvine, California-based moderation technology company WebPurify, said Facebook and other services could employ image recognition or other types of AI to identify copies in additional ways. "Freedom means you don't have to ask for permission first, and by default, you can say what you want", Kafka quoted from a Zuckerberg response in 2017. Britain's interior minister, Sajid Javid, said on Twitter, "Enough is enough".

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