It has become a phenomenon user of chat boards everywhere watch in real time. When a shooting, or other violent events, happens to have a video of the incident uploaded to any of the big named social media sites, it is taken down by the platform, or “scrubbed.” For whatever reason, the actual video of these events is not welcome there.
On Thursday, Friday on the other side of the world, when the shooting in a New Zealand Mosque happened, the person doing the killing live-streamed the video, meaning it was instantly uploaded to Facebook. Once that was realized, and copies of the thing started appearing on other platforms, the cleaning teams from the media giants got to work.
Of course, that’s not how they put it when speaking to “news” media outlets.
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are struggling to halt the spread of horrific footage that appears to show a massacre at a mosque in New Zealand as it was taking place….
“New Zealand 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,” Mia Garlick, Facebook’s director of policy for Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement….
Hours after the attack, however, copies of the gruesome video continued to appear on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, raising new questions about the companies’ ability to manage harmful content on their platforms.
Facebook is “removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware,” Garlick said.
Twitter (TWTR) said it suspended an account related to the shooting and is working to remove the video from its platform.
YouTube, which is owned by Google (GOOGL), removes “shocking, violent and graphic content” as soon as it is made aware of it, according to a Google spokesperson. YouTube also declined to comment on how long it took to first remove the video.
New Zealand police asked social media users to stop sharing the purported shooting footage and said they were seeking to have it taken down.
CNN is choosing not to publish additional information regarding the video until more details are available.
It is very kind of the various social media platforms to think of all of us with delicate sensibilities who may not want to see the carnage, but it does beg the question just what is on that video that the New Zealand police do not want the world to see?
We have managed to secure a copy of the video that was on Social Media of the shooting. The quality is not the best but that is probably a good thing. PLEASE, do NOT watch this video if you are disturbed by violence… We are only sharing it for those interested in seeing what actually took place… Pushing the PLAY button is your own decision. CAUTION!
Note: This is an mp4 file and may not play on the iPhone or MAC computer