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Facebook says it removed 1.5 mn videos of the New Zealand mosque attack

The company said it is also removing all edited versions of the video

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Inc said it removed 1.5 million videos globally of the in the first 24 hours after the attack.

"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...," said in a tweet late Saturday.

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

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

First Published: Mon, March 18 2019. 03:00 IST
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