Facebook, Twitter are taking action to remove New Zealand shooting content

"We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware."

By REUTERS
March 15, 2019 13:14
1 minute read.
‘FACEBOOK HAD done a better job at booting me off social media than Jewish law...’

‘FACEBOOK HAD done a better job at booting me off social media than Jewish law...’. (photo credit: CHUCK TODD/TNS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later



SINGAPORE, March 15 - Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter said on Friday they would take down content involving mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 20.

A suspected gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants.



The video footage, posted online live as the attack unfolded, appeared to show him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.



Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor, the video showed. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.



"Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video," Facebook tweeted.



"We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware."



Twitter said it had "rigorous processes and a dedicated team in place for managing exigent and emergency situations" such as this.



"We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required," it said.



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



Live streaming services have become a central component of social media companies' growth strategy in recent years, but they are also increasingly exploited by some users to livestream offensive and violent content.



In 2017, a father in Thailand broadcast himself killing his daughter on Facebook Live. After more than a day, and 370,000 views, Facebook removed the video. That year, a video of a man shooting and killing another in Cleveland also shocked viewers.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Tamta of Cyprus performs during the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
July 21, 2019
Netflix buys rights to screen 2019 Eurovision from Tel Aviv

By MARCY OSTER/JTA

Cookie Settings