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

17 March 2019

Reacting to a tweet in which YouTube claimed it was working to remove the footage, Mr Javid said YouTube, Google, Facebook and Twitter "really need to do more to stop violent extremism being promoted on your platforms".

Facebook and YouTube did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment on the matter.

An armed police officer stands guard in a perimeter outside Linwood mosque after Friday's gunmen attacks, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 16, 2019. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.

Twitter has also been battling to remove shared videos.

But that's just a drop in the bucket of what is needed to police the social media platform, said Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of "Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy".

The shootings in New Zealand show how the services they offer can be exploited by extremist groups, said Lucinda Creighton, senior advisor to the Counter Extremism Project.

The massacre in Christchurch was live-streamed by an attacker through his Facebook profile for 17 minutes, according to a copy seen by Reuters. Facebook says it does not want to act as a censor, as videos of violence, such as those documenting police brutality or the horrors of war, can serve an important goal.

In August, a shooting at a Madden 19 video-game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, was captured on live video.

If Facebook wanted to monitor every livestream to prevent disturbing content from making it out in the first place, "they would have to hire millions of people", something it's not willing to do, said Vaidhyanathan, who teaches media studies at the University of Virginia.

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"While Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter all say that they're cooperating and acting in the best interest of citizens to remove this content, they're actually not because they're allowing these videos to reappear all the time", Lucinda Creighton, a senior adviser at the Counter Extremism Project, an global policy organization told CNN.

"The responsibility for content of the stream lies completely and exclusively on the person who initiated the stream".

He said the company condemned "the actions of these frightful persons and their disgusting use of our app for these purposes".

"Our hearts are broken over today's bad tragedy in New Zealand", the video portal said in a Twitter posting. "We will do whatever is humanly possible for it to never happen again".

Ionescu said that's because video and images are harder to block than words.

Facebook is "removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware", she said.

But private online communities dedicated to violent content were still looking for ways to share copies of the video.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube said they would take down content involving the mass shootings which were posted online as the attack unfolded.

"They have the tools with social listening to go in with keyword terms and have moderators view and remove all videos linked to this type of incident", she said.

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