March 19, 2019

Former Facebook Programmer Pleads For Stricter Regulation After New Zealand Attack

17 March 2019, 09:14 | Devin Moran

Facebook and YouTube rush to remove New Zealand shooting footage

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

New Zealand police, in a Twitter message early Friday, urged people not to share the "extremely distressing" footage from the Christchurch killings, which were seen on platforms such as 4chan and Reddit and some media websites. Facebook said it acted to remove the video after being alerted to it by New Zealand police shortly after the livestream began.

According to Facebook teams have been working around the clock since the attacks to respond to reports and block content.

Alex Zhukov, founder and chief technology officer of LIVE4 developer VideoGorillas, said the LIVE4 services transmitted footage directly to Facebook and his company did not have the ability to review it first.

A member of the AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) stands ready following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. It said it had removed the unverified video along with the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts. "We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware", she told CNN.

YouTube also issued a statement about the matter.

Reacting to a tweet in which YouTube claimed it was working to remove the footage, Mr Javid said YouTube, Google, Facebook and Twitter "really need to do more to stop violent extremism being promoted on your platforms". "We are adding each video we find to an internal data base which enables us to detect and automatically remove copies of the video when uploaded".

"We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Christchurch today", Twitter said in a statement to CNN. "We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required".

"Don't give the POS NZ shooter what he wants", Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. Seems that most agree on that. "I fear we all know the answer unfortunately". Others shared shorter sections or screenshots from the gunman's livestream, which would also be harder for a computer program to identify.

Ms Gray said Tarrant worked at the gym after he finished school in 2009 until 2011, when he left to go travelling in Asia and Europe, ABC reported. "He worked in our programme that offered free training to kids in the community, and he was very passionate about that". 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?

Google has been condemned for not immediately taking down graphic footage of the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand. Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque on Friday.

Witness describes hearing shots for six minutes; Kristin Fisher has the latest details.

"People were running and all of a sudden you saw them fall".

In footage that at times resembled scenes from a first-person shooter video game, the mosque shooter was seen spraying terrified worshippers with bullets, sometimes re-firing at people he had already cut down. "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

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