Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of Christchurch mosque shooting

Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of Christchurch mosque shooting

"The video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast".

He said the first user complaint on the original video came in 29 minutes after the start of the video, which showed a graphic portion of the mosque attacks in real time. Automatic filters are only likely to be able to catch exact copies of the video, the Wall Street Journal reports, so if the footage is slightly altered then human intervention is required to block it. Facebook initially allowed clips and images showing nonviolent scenes of Tarrant's video to stay up, but has since reversed course and is removing all of his footage.

What just happened? Social media sites have been battling the spread of the New Zealand terror attack video.

Sonderby said Monday that Facebook took action by designating the shootings as "terrorist attacks".

"We can not simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told parliament on Tuesday. "We removed the attacker's video within minutes of their outreach to us, and in the aftermath, we have been providing an on-the-ground resource for law enforcement authorities". "We understand this may inconvenience some legitimate users of these sites, but these are extreme circumstances and we feel this is the right thing to do".

Not a single user who encountered the video during the live broadcast reported it during that time, Facebook said.

Horrific video of the mosque massacre in Christchurch was viewed live fewer than 200 times on Facebook but that was enough to unleash it across the internet. Before Facebook was alerted, a link to a copy of the video hosted on a file-sharing site was already posted on 8chan. It is basically a neo-Nazi gathering place.

About 4000 people had seen the original, live video, before anyone reported it as harmful content.

University of Auckland Computer Science lecturer Dr Paul Ralph said it was extremely hard for Facebook to implement an automated system to identify a live video showing a violent crime. Some variants of the video, like screen recordings, required the use of additional detection systems, such as those that identify similar audio.

As previously noted, Facebook purged 1.5 million uploads of the video and most (1.2 million) were blocked before going live on the platform.

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

"We continue to work around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people".

"We challenge Facebook and other platform owners to immediately take steps to effectively moderate hate content before another tragedy can be streamed online", the association said in a statement.

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has asked G20 members to consider practical ways to force companies like Facebook and Google to stop broadcasting atrocities and violent crimes. It's been classed as objectionable by the Chief Censor, David Shanks, which makes it illegal to view, possess or distribute. An 18-year-old, not involved in the attack, was charged after he shared the video and posted a photo of one of the mosques along with the phrase "target acquired".

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