New Zealand Mosque Shooter Sent Manifesto To Government, Media Before Killings

Brenton Tarrant

Brenton Tarrant

Some people expressed outrage on Twitter that the videos were still circulating hours after the attack.

YouTube said: "Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage". "We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required".

In response to the incident, a spokesperson for Facebook said that the platform is working to remove "any praise or support" for the attack.

Rasty Turek, CEO of Pex, a video analytics platform that is also working on a tool to identify re-uploaded or stolen content with YouTube has told The Verge that it is almost impossible to stop live streams as they happen since the content is always changing.

"We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", Morrison said.

Other violent crimes that have been live-streamed on the internet include a father in Thailand in 2017 who broadcast himself killing his daughter on Facebook Live.

The app is usually used to share videos of extreme sports and live music, but on Friday the footage recreated the carnage of a computer game, showing the attacker's first-person view as he drove to one mosque, entered it and began shooting randomly at people inside. Scrawled in English and several eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures - many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries.

But the viral reach of yet another obscene video caused politicians around the globe on Friday to voice the same conclusion: Tech companies are failing.

"Facebook is an unmoderated platform where you can stream anything you want", she said, arguing that no meaningful measures have been taken since a 2017 Facebook livestream of a murder in Cleveland, Ohio.

"I think something must have changed in him during the years he spent travelling overseas", she added.

After Facebook stopped the livestream from New Zealand, it told moderators to delete from its network any copies of the footage.

Downing Street has also demanded United Kingdom news and media companies remove from their websites terrifying footage.

Just before the alleged gunman opened fire, he urged viewers to subscribe to the popular YouTube channel PewDiePie, which itself has been criticised for posting offensive footage in the past. Others shared shorter sections or screenshots from the gunman's livestream, which would also be harder for a computer program to identify.

YouTube tweeted about the shooting video, "Our hearts are broken over today's bad tragedy in New Zealand".

The major internet platforms have pledged to crack down on sharing of violent images and other inappropriate content through automated systems and human monitoring, but critics say it isn't working.

He said the company condemned "the actions of these awful persons and their disgusting use of our app for these purposes". "The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful to people to see", he said. "We will do whatever is humanly possible for it to never happen again".