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Facebook pulled 1.5 million New Zealand shooting videos in 24 hours

The shooter livestreamed the attacks and videos of the shooting were circulated on social media APThe shooter livestreamed the attacks and videos of the shooting were circulated on social media
Patty Aguilar | 18 March, 2019, 15:18

New Zealand's prime minister is upping the pressure on Facebook and other social media platforms after they failed to stop the spread of the Christchurch mosque attack video.

Facebook has said it has removed 1.5 million videos of the shooting at the mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch from its platform.

Clips of the carnage inflicted by the killer in two New Zealand mosques were easily accessible more than 48 hours after 49 men, women and children were shot dead.

The horrific events that occurred in New Zealand were streamed live on Facebook, and several hundred thousand copies of the video made their way to the platform before they were shut down.

Facebook, Google and Twitter have had staff across time zones working around the clock in coordination with their various artificial intelligence platforms to track down and remove the video.

The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday.

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.

"This is a problem that goes well beyond New Zealand, it has played out in other parts of the world".

Spark's move was part of an worldwide response, which also saw Disney and Nestle pull ads from the site.

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Buzzfeed reporter Ryan Mac, for instance, noted that YouTube's algorithm and moderation team flagged the videos as sensitive, but could still be viewed after consenting.

"Facebook is an unmoderated platform where you can stream anything you want", she said, arguing that no meaningful measures have been taken since a 2017 Facebook livestream of a murder in Cleveland, Ohio.

While Facebook has removed a staggering number of the videos, authorities are still angry with the platform over its role in disseminating violent imagery - and increasingly sceptical of it and other major tech companies' go-to excuse that their scale makes it hard, if not impossible, for them to react quickly to such events.

Yesterday, just before the alleged gunman opened fire in Christchurch, he urged viewers to subscribe to the popular YouTube channel PewDiePie, which itself has been criticised for posting offensive footage in the past.

Tech companies have been scrambling to clamp down on the graphic footage.

Besides acting on user complaints about copies, YouTube said on Friday that it was trying to identify copies with an automated tool that finds videos likely to be violent in nature based on a combination of the title and description of the video, the characteristics of the user uploading it and objects in the footage.

Google's initial response was to place an "inappropriate content" warning overlaid on top of the film, but users still had the option of clicking through to watch the attack unfold.

Politicians in multiple countries said social media companies need to be more vigilant.

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms' ability to police harmful content.

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