Facebook says it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand mosque attack

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Facebook says it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand mosque attack

Facebook says it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand mosque attack

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People take footage on a pedestrian bridge, illuminated with colours of New Zealand’s nationwide flag as a tribute to sufferers of the mosque shootings in Christchurch, in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc mentioned it removed 1.5 million videos globally of the New Zealand mosque attack in the first 24 hours after the attack.

“In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload…,” Facebook mentioned in a tweet bit.ly/2HDJtPM past due Saturday.

The corporate mentioned it could also be taking away all edited variations of the video that don’t display graphic content material out of appreciate for the other folks suffering from the mosque taking pictures and the issues of native government.

The loss of life toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday. The gunman who attacked two mosques on Friday live-streamed the assaults on Facebook for 17 mins the use of an app designed for excessive sports activities fanatics, with copies nonetheless being shared on social media hours later.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has mentioned she needs to speak about dwell streaming with Facebook.

Reporting via Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru; Editing via Richard Borsuk

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