Facebook says no one flagged NZ mosque shooting livestream

People look on as men pray in a park near Al Noor mosque after a terrorist killed 50 people

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.

In less than 24 hours, Facebook blocked more than 1.5 million videos with scenes from the tragedy in New Zealand, about 1.2 million of those were blocked during upload.

Facebook has released new figures relating to the views and shares of live-streamed footage captured during the recent attacks against New Zealand mosques.

Footage of Friday's attacks by a white supremacist gunman was live-streamed on Facebook and viewed around 200 times at broadcast.

People wanting to share copies of the video online isn't just a problem Facebook is having.

The company said previous year it was investing in artificial intelligence and hiring up to 20,000 people by the end of 2018 to identify and remove harmful content. Even Valve has been forced into action, with the company removing profiles that were allegedly tributes to the shooter. "There can not be a case of all profit no responsibility", CNN reported.

New Zealand has officially classified the full 17 minute video of the fatal Christchurch shootings which occurred on Friday 15 March, as objectionable because of its depiction and promotion of extreme violence and terrorism.

Facebook said it also "identified abusive content on other social media sites in order to assess whether or how that content might migrate to one of our platforms".


"This incident highlights the importance of industry cooperation regarding the range of terrorists and violent extremists operating online", the grouping, which includes Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter Inc, said of the attack. Of the 1.5 million videos of the massacre, filmed by a body-worn camera on the perpetrator nearly in the style of a video game, 1.2 million were blocked at upload.

Facebook officials said they took down the original stream after it had been watched about 4000 times.

Smart as it has become, artificial intelligence is still unable to fully recognize context, which is why so numerous New Zealand videos were able to slip through the machine-learning filters.

Facebook is under fire after a watchdog group disputed the tech giant's claim that no one reported the New Zealand massacre livestream video during the attack itself.

Twitter declined to provide details on steps it is taking to remove the video from its platform.

Mr Erdogan has faced criticism for using footage of the shootings and extracts from Tarrant's manifesto to drum up domestic support among Muslim voters.

Jared Holt, a researcher with a watchdog group that monitors "radical right" political organizations, said that he flagged the video for removal mid-attack using the tech giant's built-in reporting function after someone sent him a link to it that had been posted to the messaging board 8chan.

"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", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

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