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4000 people watched Facebook video before anyone reported it

4000 people watched Facebook video before anyone reported it

Some New Zealand companies are weighing whether to advertise on social media, as two industry groups urged them not to in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Christchurch that was live-streamed on Facebook and redistributed on other platforms.

The social media site has also said it removed alleged killer Brenton Tarrant's profile on Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook says that 12 minutes after the 17-minute livestream ended, a user reported the video to Facebook.

Facebook said on Saturday it removed 1.5 million videos globally of the attack in the first 24 hours after the attack and is removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content.

"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 said on Sunday that it removed 1.5 million versions of the video that were uploaded to the platform.

"More than 1.2 million of those videos were blocked at upload, and were therefore prevented from being seen on our services", Sonderby said.

Facebook said it now employs audio technology to help catch any new uploads because the platform had trouble detecting screen recordings and other variants of the shooting footage. "The events in Christchurch raise the question, if the site owners can target consumers with advertising in microseconds, why can't the same technology be applied to prevent this kind of content being streamed live?" the Association of New Zealand Advertisers and the Commercial Communications Council said in a joint statement. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she wants a word with Facebook to discuss the issue of live streaming. We can not simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published.

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"The video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast", Facebook said.

'They are the publisher, not just the postman.

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Chris Sonderby, vice president and deputy general counsel at Facebook, said in a statement: 'Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch.

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

On Tuesday, Australia's three main telecommunication companies, Spark, Vodafone NZ and 2degrees, released a scathing letter to the CEOs of the world's largest tech platforms demanding more action to remove such content in advance as opposed to being reactive.

Ardern said that her country had done as much as it could to "remove or seek to have removed some of the footage" circulated in the aftermath of the attack, but that ultimate it has been "up to those platforms".

The group said it's shared the "digital fingerprints" of more than 800 visually-distinct attack videos to its shared database. The live video, which was posted on Facebook, was later being shared on YouTube as well.