Facebook, YouTube trying to rein in footage of New Zealand mosque shooting

A still image taken from video circulated on social media taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand

Mia Garlick of Facebook's New Zealand policy team said the social network was working to prevent repostings of the violent video.

On YouTube, the video lingered for hours after the attack as different individuals republished it. Earlier a year ago, YouTube star Logan Paul posted a clip of a body hanging from a tree in Japan, prompting the Google-owned video portal to remove his channels from a preferred advertising program.

Footage of the attacks was broadcast live to Facebook and then re-shared by users on other platforms.

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. In 2017 it said it would hire 3,000 people to review videos and other posts, on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already tasks with identifying criminal and other questionable material for removal. Scrawled in English and several eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures - many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries.

"Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the live stream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video".

As the massacre video continued to spread, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in televised remarks said companies had been slow to remove hate speech. "We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required", it said.

YouTube released a statement saying it was "working vigilantly" to remove the footage. He said: "When she heard the noise she wanted to go and make sure her husband was safe". "Something must have changed in him during the years he spent travelling overseas".

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After Facebook stopped the Christchurch livestream, it told moderators to delete any copies or complimentary comments on the attack.

"All content praising, supporting and representing the attack and the perpetrator (s) should be removed from our platform", Facebook instructed content moderators in India, according to an email seen by Reuters.

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

"Our hearts are broken over today's awful tragedy in New Zealand", it said. "We are working to have any footage removed".

Politicians in multiple countries said social media companies need to take ownership of the problem. "You can blame YouTube for many things, but no one on this planet can fix live-streaming right now", he said.

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

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". How did the tech companies, in which we have entrusted so much of our personal information and on whom we count to put a check on spreading of extremist content, fail so miserably when the time for action came?

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