Social Media Platforms Struggle to Erase Footage of New Zealand Mosque Massacre

In this frame from video that was livestreamed Friday, March 15, 2019, a gunman who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media reaches for a gun in the back of his car before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter’s Video via AP)

Social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have been scrambling to scrub the disturbing footage of the New Zealand mosque massacre from their sites — even hours after the gunman apparently livestreamed one of the shootings.

The 17-minute video first went up on Facebook, giving viewers a first-person view as gunman Brenton Tarrant shot up worshipers inside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch on Friday afternoon local time.

Facebook eventually took down the footage, but declined to say exactly when.

“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.

But clips of the sickening attack have since turned up elsewhere on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — sparking scrutiny over how the companies handle violent content.

The video appears to have been shot using a GoPro helmet camera and uploaded to the Facebook account for “Brenton.Tarrant.9.”

Before going live, video was announced on message board 8chan — with users encouraging others to download copies — and then reposted on Twitter and YouTube, the Washington Post said.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Lia Eustachewich