Facebook and YouTube rush to remove New Zealand shooting footage15th March 2019
Facebook and YouTube are working to remove “violent footage” of the New Zealand mass shootings. The gunman — who killed 49 people and injured 20 in shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch — appeared to livestream his attack to Facebook using a head-mounted GoPro camera. New Zealand Police said they were moving to have the “extremely distressing footage” removed.
Facebook has confirmed that local law enforcement “alerted it to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced.” It said it had removed the unverified video along with the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware,” said Mia Garlick, a Facebook spokesperson in New Zealand. “We will continue working directly with New Zealand Police as their response and investigation continues.” In a tweet, YouTube said: “Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage.”
Our hearts are broken over today’s terrible tragedy in New Zealand. Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage.
Despite taking swift action, stopping the spread of unverified content may prove to be a tough challenge for Facebook and YouTube. By their very nature the two platforms are geared to spread viral content, putting moderators on the backfoot once something gets shared.Read full story...