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Social media platforms say they are removing New Zealand shooting content

Representative image. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 15, 2019, 04.32 PM (IST)

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter said on Friday they are taking measures to take down content involving mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 20 others.

A suspected gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he castigated immigrants.

The video footage, posted online live as the attack unfolded, appeared to show him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

"Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the live stream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video," Facebook tweeted.

"We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware."

Twitter said it had "rigorous processes and a dedicated team in place for managing exigent and emergency situations" such as this.

"We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required," it said.

Alphabet Inc's YouTube said: "Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage."

(With inputs from Reuters) 

Story highlights

A suspected gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he castigated immigrants.