Facebook, Twitter, YouTube working to remove New Zealand shooting content

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube working to remove New Zealand shooting content

Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter said on Friday they would take down content involving mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that kille

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Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter said on Friday they would take down content involving mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 20.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 video footage, posted online live as the attack unfolded, appeared to show him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting attack in Christchurch.

The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting attack in Christchurch.Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images
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READ MORE: New Zealand police search home in Dunedin after mosque shootingWorshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor, the video showed. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.“Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” Facebook tweeted.“We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.”WATCH BELOW: Shooting suspects not on any security watch lists, according to New Zealand PoliceChristchurch Shooting: Suspects not on any security watch lists according to New Zealand Police

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