NZ wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream

Facebook removed 1.5 mn graphic videos of the New Zealand shootings within 24 hours

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Garlick also put out another tweet stating that Facebook will be removing all edited versions of the video from its platform (that do not show graphic content), as a mark of respect for those affected by the tragedy. A student pilot, an aircraft engineer, a takeaway store owner, and others are among those who have lost their lives in one of the worst terror attacks in New Zealand.

Ardern also said that in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, she has been in continuous contact with Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the report said.

Internet companies including Facebook scrambled to remove graphic videos filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings that were widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attack.

"Ultimately, though, it has been up to those platforms to facilitate their removal and support their removal". "I haven't spoken to her directly but she has reached out, an acknowledgment of what has occurred here in New Zealand", Ardern said at a media conference when asked if Facebook should stop livestreaming.

"I do think that there are further questions to be answered", by the tech giants, Ms Ardern said.

March 17 - Facebook Inc said it removed 1.5 million videos globally of the New Zealand mosque attack in the first 24 hours after the attack.

In a statement today, Mia Garlick of Facebook New Zealand vowed to "work around the clock to remove violating content".

Ms Ardern was joined by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in expressing doubts that current rules go far enough.

Morrison said that social media companies had co-operated since the attack.

"Clearly, it hasn't (happened)", he noted.

"So whilst we might have seen action taken here, that hasn't prevented (the footage) being circulated beyond New Zealand shores".

"So I think there are some very real discussions that have to be had about how these facilities and capabilities as they exist on social media, can continue to be offered".

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