Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Facebook removes 1.5 million videos of New Zealand shooting

Facebook removes 1.5 million videos of New Zealand shooting

He allegedly gunned down 50 people in the two shootings. Including the views during the live broadcast, the video was viewed about 4000 times in total before being removed from Facebook.

Facebook largely relies on viewers to flag problematic livestreams, and does not employ enough moderation staff to watch every live video as it is being aired.

It said the gunman's live 17-minute broadcast was viewed fewer than 200 times and the first user report didn't come in until 12 minutes after it ended.

"The social media platforms which were actually playing a video made by this person who is accused of murder. all over the world, that surely has got to stop", Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News on Sunday.

Within 24 hours of the attack, Facebook said it removed 1.5 million instances of the video, with 1.2 million of those videos blocked at upload. The group should work to ensure technology firms implement appropriate filtering and remove terrorist-linked content, and show transparency in meeting those requirements, he said. "But the form of distribution, the tools of organization - they are new".

"It is horrendous and while they've given us those assurances, ultimately the responsibility does sit with them".

'They are the publisher. 'There can not be a case of all profit no responsibility'.

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YouTube and Facebook have defended themselves against accusations that they failed to act quickly enough in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, arguing that their moderation is as good as possible given the number of videos uploaded.

Professor Katina Michael of the University of Wollongong said algorithms can only do so much to prevent certain content being uploaded and human moderators are already forced to wade through screes of questionable content.

'We have been working directly with the New Zealand Police to respond to the attack and support their investigation'.

"Before we were alerted to the video, a user on 8chan posted a link to a copy of the video on a file-sharing site", it added. Judy Woodruff talks to The Washington Post's Elizabeth Dwoskin for more. Internet users were able to outsmart the platforms' artificial-intelligence systems meant to detect the banned content simply by making small alterations, such as changing the color or tone of the video. Some variants of the video, like screen recordings, required the use of additional detection systems, such as those that identify similar audio.

In response to the social media's role in the shooting, some have pledged to boycott Facebook and Google, including advertisers in New Zealand. The consortium includes prominent names such as ASB Bank, Lotto NZ, Burger King, Spark and more.

"We challenge Facebook and other platform owners to immediately take steps to effectively moderate hate content before another tragedy can be streamed online", the association said in a statement.

Other individual Facebook users have also pledged to boycott the platform. Facebook has faced criticism for not preventing broadcast of the livestream.

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