Facebook Removes Million Copies Of New Zealand Mass Shooting


The social networking platform removed 1.5 million videos in the first twenty four hours of mass attack.

Facebook Newsroom on March 16, 2019, officially commented on Twitter that it removed around 1.5 million videos of the fatal attack respecting grieve of the affected people and authorities. It has also blocked around 1. 2 million accounts at immediate upload. Respecting the command of the authorities, the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the alleged shooter have been blocked and removed.

Mia Garlick, the social platform’s spokeswoman commented, “Removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content.” The seventeen minute video of horrific shooting at mosques in Christchurch was designed to seek social attention. The alleged shooter made the video viral on social platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. He also referenced individuals such as Candace Owens and Felix Kjellberg. The companies have joined hands in order to restrict further visual spread of the horrendous shooting. Furthermore, Valve corporation removed 100 tributes that were made to the alleged shooter. The users updated their accounts with images and name of the shooter and in certain cases adding GIF of the deadly attack. Reddit, the American discussion website, removed a forum on the website called “r/watchpeopledie”.

Facebook’s effort to remove illegal, offensive and disturbing content from the website showcases its ability to moderate and improvise the social platform. Since Facebook has taken measures to address the problem very rationally, the third party contractors have been criticized for removing such content. Jeremy Corbyn in response to social platform’s duty claims that, the platform must raise question about regulation and act in accordance. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand says that she wants to have a word with the social platform about live streaming feature.


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