In one of the deadliest mass murders in New Zealand’s history in which 50 innocents lost their lives has left the people of the country and the world in a state of complete shock. Social media giant Facebook has come up with new figures about its attempts to stop the spread of video after it was livestreamed by the shooter on the fateful day of March 15, according to a report by TechCrunch.
Potential clues to New Zealand’s suspect’s ideology and inspiration also appear in a live-streamed video which social networks have struggled to put a lid on.
The written document which was posted on the extreme message board 8chan shortly before the attack began on Friday and has been since called the “manifesto” is a confused chain of thoughts which rambles on for 74 poorly-written pages.
In a blog post, Facebook vice president and deputy general counsel Chris Sonderby said that the video was viewed nearly two hundred times at the time of the attack and it was viewed nearly 4000 times before it was removed by Facebook.
According to Sonderby, a link to a copy was posted onto 8chan, the message board and that played a major role in the video’s propagation online before Facebook came to life and action was taken. Sonderby further added that the attacker’s Facebook and Instagram accounts have been removed and the social media giant is actively identifying and removing impostor accounts.
While Facebook is doing its best to prevent the spread of the shooting video, it still remains a concern as to why social media are not able to fight the spread of these types of videos and violent behavior and ideologies. It also brings to focus the fact that the platform is still heavily reliant on user reports, despite its AI and machine learning-based moderation tools.
Sonderby also noted that the company has also removed other visually similar videos from Facebook and Instagram.