Facebook yanks off 1.5 million of New Zealand terror videos

Facebook yanks off 1.5 million of New Zealand terror videos

The world’s largest social networking site, Facebook Inc, said it has removed 1.5 million videos globally of the New Zealand mosque attack.

Facebook said it removed the terror attack videos in the first 24 hours after the gory incident.

In a tweet, Facebook said, “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”.

The company said it is also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content out of respect for the people affected by the mosque shooting and the concerns of local authorities.

The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday. The gunman who attacked two mosques on Friday live-streamed the attacks on Facebook for 17 minutes using an app designed for extreme sports enthusiasts, with copies still being shared on social media hours later.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she wants to discuss live streaming with Facebook.

There has been global outrage on the terror attack on two separate mosques in New Zealand that claimed about 49 lives, mostly worshipers and passersby in Christchurch city of New Zealand.