In the latest twist to the shooting incident in New Zealand which shook the entire world, the man accused of mass shooting in mosques has fired his lawyer and plans to represent himself in the court, sparking fears that he might use the platform to air his extremist views. Meanwhile, the social media giant, Facebook has revealed that it removed 1.5 million videos from its site within the first 24 hours after a shooter livestreamed his attack on two New Zealand mosques, killing 50 people, according to a report by TechCrunch.
According to Facebook’s Mia Garlick, nearly 1.2 million videos were blocked at the point of upload. Videos that supported the attack were also removed using a mix of automated technologies — like audio detection — and human content moderators.
But Facebook didn’t comment on the 300,000 videos that were no caught at upload, marking a big failure on part of Facebook. As per TechCrunch, many videos were posted on Facebook more than 12 hours after the attack and many critics are of the view that Facebook should release the engagement figures before the videos were taken down, as it would give a better picture of how far the videos spread before they were taken down.
The shooting that shook the entire world took during morning prayers in Christchurch and the shooter was arrested nearly half an hour after reports of the first attack came in. The 28-year old shooter livestreamed the video to Facebook using a head-mounted camera, which is generally used in the sports arena. The attacker’s account was closed nearly within an hour the attack took place but till then the video had already been shared across Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Speaking about the shooting incident, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that social media giants need to answer further questions regarding their response to the shooting incident.