Facebook explains why live stream of New Zealand terrorist attack remained on site 2 months ago

Facebook explains why live stream of New Zealand terrorist attack remained on site

The entirety of the terrorist attack in New Zealand was streamed to over 200 people on Facebook Live.

Facebook has claimed none of the 200 people who watched the live video of the New Zealand mosque shooting flagged it to moderators of the site in an attempt to explain why it stayed up the entire time.

The social media site released information claiming that the gunman’s live 17-minute broadcast was viewed fewer than 200 times and that the first user report didn’t come in until 12 minutes after it ended.

They had the video removed "within minutes" of being notified by the police, according to Chris Sonderby, Facebook's deputy general counsel.

In a statement issued by Sonderby on behalf of Facebook, he also stated that they had been "working directly with the New Zealand Police to respond to the attack and support their investigation".

The statement also reveals that in the first 24 hours, Facebook removed about 1.5 million videos of the attack globally. More than 1.2 million of those videos were blocked at upload, and were therefore prevented from being seen on any of Facebook's services.

You can read the statement in full here.

Facebook has said that it will continue to work around the clock and will provide further updates as relevant.