Facebook blocked over 1.2 million New Zealand shooting videos at upload

50 people were shot dead in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch

The horrific terrorist attack, which killed 50 people at two mosques, played out live on Facebook as the shooter pulled up to one mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, grabbed guns out of his Subaru's rear hatch door and stormed inside, opening fire on worshipers.

Facebook said it removed the video "within minutes" of being notified by New Zealand police.

The video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast and no users reported the video during the live broadcast.

To report live video, a user must know to click on a small set of three grey dots on the right side of the post.

Facebook's statement came after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a Sunday news conference that there were "further questions to be answered" by Facebook and other social media sites over their response to the events.

Facebook says it deleted 1.5 million videos of the attack in a single day, with 1.2 million being blocked at upload. "But the form of distribution, the tools of organization - they are new".

"We're asking all of the platforms... to take immediate steps to either put in place systems, processes, algorithms or artificial intelligence that stops this kind of event", he said.

'They are the publisher. "There can not be a case of all profit no responsibility", CNN reported. The video was viewed fewer than 200 times live, but it was viewed about 4,000 times before it was taken down.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed not to speak the killer's name and has been in discussions with social media companies
GETTY IMAGESPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed not to speak the killer's name and has been in discussions with social media companies

"We're aware that for a time after the attacks, this video was widely available on social media and many New Zealanders saw it, sometimes without meaning to". A gunman livestreamed the incident on Facebook using a head-mounted camera, and while the social network removed the video and the person's account, the 17-minute clip was still shared online. For example, Facebook wrote that "a user on 8chan posted a link to a copy of the video on a file-sharing site" before Facebook was alerted to the video's existence.

Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, told the Washington Post that as well as cutting human reviewers out of the loop, the site also turned off a feature late on Friday that allowed users to search for recent uploads, in order to block a route for new videos to be seen by millions.

Since the incident, the backlash against Big Tech has grown as the Silicon Valley mainstays have struggled to explain how and why the awful video was able to spread so easily and quickly.

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.

The IAB figures showed that only $41.96 million goes to the social media category; however, this figure doesn't account for all the money spent through bookings directly with Facebook.

The Herald understands that ASB, Lotto NZ, Burger King, Spark and number of other companies have banded together to take a stand against the harm caused by unmoderated content.

"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.

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says there is a rise in live-streaming terror attacks.

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