CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) – Facebook says it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shootings that killed 50 people during the first 24 hours after the massacre.
The revelation in a late Saturday tweet provides a chilling snapshot of how quickly provocative – and often disturbing – images circulate on the internet and the challenges facing social media companies such as Facebook as they try to stamp them out.
Facebook says it prevented 1.2 million of the videos from being uploaded to its social network, which has more than 2.2 billion users.
But that implies 300,000 versions of the video were available to watch for at least short periods of time before Facebook excised them.
The graphic video was taken by the shooter.