Former Facebook Programmer Pleads For Stricter Regulation After New Zealand Attack

Sergio Conner
March 17, 2019

YouTube said: "Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage". "We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required", it said.

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.

"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.

In 2017, a father in Thailand broadcast himself killing his daughter on Facebook Live. This would leave Google with more work to find out which videos are going to be flagged and which will remain.

Hours after the shooting, Reddit took down two subreddits known for sharing video and pictures of people being killed or injured -R/WatchPeopleDie and R/Gore - apparently because users were sharing the mosque attack video.

But the viral reach of yet another obscene video caused politicians around the globe on Friday to voice the same conclusion: Tech companies are failing.

Also in a social media post just before the attack, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a link to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack. Keeping this in mind it is right now unclear how the Christchurch shooter was allowed to stream for a good 17 minutes before the footage was cut. "I think this will add to all the calls around the world for more effective regulation of social media platforms".

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After Facebook stopped the Christchurch livestream, it told moderators to delete any copies or complimentary comments on the attack.

YouTube, which publicises itself as being on the forefront for taking down copyrighted content on its platform, was unable to take down videos that contained at least a part of the massacre's footage. Twitter and Google said they were working to stop the footage being reshared.

The revelation is the latest news that showed how large a role technology played in shooter Brenton Tarrant's planning of his crime, which was live streamed via Facebook.

Ardern said New Zealand's national security threat level was lifted from low to high. "Freedom means you don't have to ask for permission first, and by default, you can say what you want", Kafka quoted from a Zuckerberg response in 2017.

While Facebook has hired about 20,000 moderators, several media reports have highlighted the stress it puts on people to watch violent content, and problems dealing with live videos.

The YouTube sensation has been engaged in an online battle over which channel is the most subscribed to, and his followers have taken to posting messages encouraging others to "subscribe to PewDiePie".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence", and that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees, according to The Associated Press.

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