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Christchurch Mosque Shootings: Facebook, YouTube, and others asked to brief Congress on Live Stream Response

FB, YouTube, and others asked to brief Congress on Live Stream Response

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, drafted letters to Facebook, YouTube and other companies, asking a briefing on March 27th incident regarding their response to Christchurch Mosque Shootings’ live streaming and consequent re-uploads across multiple other social media platforms.

The letters were sent to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, requesting them to plan out the removal of the terrorist content and brief Congress on their response and strategy to avoid such sort of thing from happening in the future.

These letters has been sent in response to last week’s incident that occurred in New Zealand where a white nationalist opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch and live-streamed the attack on Facebook. In this mass shooting, 50 people were left dead.

Not just this, the copies of shooter’s live streamed video was even posted across different other social media channels. In response, Facebook, on Sunday, said that it had removed nearly 1.5 million videos of the attack. On the other hand, YouTube said it had removed an “unprecedented volume” of videos.

Talking about the incident, Thompson said, “I was deeply concerned to learn that one of the shooters live-streamed this terror attack on Facebook, and the video was subsequently re-uploaded on Twitter, YouTube, and other platforms. This video was widely available on your platforms well after the attack, despite calls from New Zealand authorities to take these videos down.”

As per the news, Facebook will soon be briefing the committee on the matter, however the exact date and who would provide the briefing is still unclear. A YouTube representative referred back to their earlier statement on the volume of uploads, while Microsoft and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“You must do better,” Thompson wrote. “It is clear from the recent pattern of horrific mass violence and thwarted attempts at mass violence — here and abroad — that this is not merely an American issue but a global one.”


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