Christchurch attack: Adern questions Facebook

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 17, 2019

Garlick also put out another tweet stating that Facebook will be removing all edited versions of the video from its platform (that do not show graphic content), as a mark of respect for those affected by the tragedy.

The death toll in Christchurch mosque shootings has risen to 50, the officials informed. A student pilot, an aircraft engineer, a takeaway store owner, and others are among those who have lost their lives in one of the worst terror attacks in New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she wants to discuss live streaming with Facebook.

Ardern on Sunday said she would be looking for answers from social media firms about how the mosque attack, that killed 50 people on Friday, was livestreamed on their platforms.

"I haven't spoken to her directly, but she has reached out in acknowledgement of what has occurred here in New Zealand".

"We did as much as we could to remove, or seek to have removed, some of the footage that was being circulated in the aftermath of this terrorist attack", she said.

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Ardern said there were "further questions to be answered" by the social media sites.

In a statement today, Mia Garlick of Facebook New Zealand vowed to "work around the clock to remove violating content".

Facebook has on its part said that as many as 1.5 million videos of the attack were removed from its platform in the first 24 hours.

Ardern was joined by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in expressing doubts that current rules go far enough. The live stream was available to watch on social media for hours after the attack, newshub.co.nz reported. "Clearly it hasn't (happened)".

And in a 15-minute window, it also found five copies of the footage on YouTube uploaded under the search term "New Zealand" and tagged with categories including "education" and "people & blogs".

"So I think there are some very real discussions that have to be had about how these facilities and capabilities as they exist on social media, can continue to be offered".

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