FB, Twitter face scrutiny after livestreaming of attack

Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, Google faced scrutiny over extremist content on their platforms on Friday after video footage of mass shootings in New Zealand was live streamed and widely shared online.

Footage of the attacks was broadcast live to Facebook and then re-shared by users on other platforms.

Following the shootings, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they were taking action to remove the videos. “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.

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said: “Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage.”


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