New Zealand 'shooter' sent manifesto to officials and media before attack

Facebook and YouTube rush to remove New Zealand shooting footage

Facebook's Australia-New Zealand policy director Mia Garlick has confirmed the video has been removed.

Alphabet Inc's YouTube said: "Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage".

"The pressure (off removing content) never used to be as high", Turek said in his interview with The Verge.

While platforms including Twitter and YouTube said they moved fast to remove the content, users reported it was still widely available hours after being first uploaded to the alleged shooter's Facebook account.

Facebook said it took down a livestream of the shootings and removed the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts after being alerted by police.

Other violent crimes that have been live-streamed on the internet include a father in Thailand in 2017 who broadcast himself killing his daughter on Facebook Live.

New Zealand last witnessed a mass shooting in 1990, when a man killed 13 people after a dispute with his neighbour in the seaside town of Aramoana. In another case, the video was shared by a verified Instagram user in Indonesia with more than 1.6 million followers.

But the viral reach of yet another obscene video caused politicians around the globe on Friday to voice the same conclusion: Tech companies are failing. He said: "When she heard the noise she wanted to go and make sure her husband was safe".

Facebook "helped provide a platform for today's horrific attack and will undoubtedly be called into question for facilitating the spread of this", said Clement Thibault, analyst at financial data website Investing.com. "I think this will add to all the calls around the world for more effective regulation of social media platforms".

Facebook told CNET it had removed the unverified footage and was also pulling down "praise or support" posts for the shootings.

Copies of the footage reviewed by Reuters showed that some users had recorded the video playing on their own phones or computers to create a new version with a digital fingerprint different from the original.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) named the gunman in a report as Brenton Tarrant, citing confirmation from a gym manager named Ms Tracey Gray.

New Zealand authorities said that three people had been arrested, but their identities were not made public.

The major internet platforms have pledged to crack down on sharing of violent images and other inappropriate content through automated systems and human monitoring, but critics say it isn't working.

The YouTube sensation has been engaged in an online battle over which channel is the most subscribed to, and his followers have taken to posting messages encouraging others to "subscribe to PewDiePie".

"Our hearts are broken over today's bad tragedy in New Zealand", read the statement.

He said the company condemned "the actions of these awful persons and their disgusting use of our app for these purposes".

While Facebook has hired about 20,000 moderators, several media reports have highlighted the stress it puts on people to watch violent content, and problems dealing with live videos.

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