Facebook removed 1.5 million New Zealand mass shooting videos in first 24 hours

Facebook removed 1.5 million videos from its online platform in the initial 24 hours of New Zealand mass shooting.


The dangerous and disgraceful mass shooting in New Zealand tragically occurred on Friday last week. In the terror attack, around 50 individuals were shot dead, 31 people were injured and 9 are still in a critical condition. Many videos related to the attack were uploaded on different social media by the users. However, Facebook immediately removed 1.5 million videos from its online platform in the first 24 hours after the attack.

Facebook removed 1.5 million New Zealand mass shooting videos


"In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload...," Facebook posted on Twitter.

Facebook posted on its Twitter handle announcing that it has been asked by the authorities to remove all the alleged shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts.

"Out of respect for the people affected by this tragedy and the concerns of local authorities, we're also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content," Mia Garlick, Facebook New Zealand commented on the same thread.

Apart from Facebook, other social media websites including Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube are also working on to remove the videos. Reddit has also banned a subreddit called r/watchpeopledie.

Facebook has truly endeavoured to expel a large number of videos from the online platform, which is really a challenge in itself. It has proved that the company has gained skills in monitoring and evacuating offensive, illegal and disturbing content from the social media website.


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