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Facebook removed 1.5m graphic videos of the New Zealand shootings within 24 hours – Technology News, Firstpost



Internet companies including Facebook scrambled to remove graphic videos filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings that were widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attack.

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

 Facebook removed 1.5 mn graphic videos of the New Zealand shootings within 24 hours

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The social media giant's New Zealand spokeswoman, Mia Garlick has now posted an update on Twitter revealing that Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, within the first 24 hours of the attack.

The tweet further stated that over 1.2 million of the videos removed in that frame were blocked to upload. Garlick also puts out another tweet stating that Facebook will remove all edited versions of the video from its platform (which does not show graphic content), as a mark of respect for those affected by the tragedy.

at least 49 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand's third-largest city.

Using what appeared to be a helmet-mounted camera, the gunman live-streamed in horrifying detail 17 minutes of attack on worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque, where at least 41 people died. Several more were killed at a second mosque a short time later.

The shooter also left a 74-page manifesto that he posted on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant, identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white nationalist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

"Our hearts go to the victims, their families and the community affected by this horrendous act," Facebook New Zealand spokeswoman Mia Garlick said in a statement. [19659018] Tech2 is now on WhatsApp. For all the buzz on the latest tech and science, sign up for our WhatsApp services. Just go to Tech2.com/Whatsapp and hit the Subscribe button.

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