French Muslim group sues Facebook, Youtube, about Christchurch images stream

FILE PHOTO: A woman reacts at a make-shift memorial outside the Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand 23 March 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

PARIS (Reuters) – The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), a leading representative of the Muslims in France, on Monday said it is suing Facebook and YouTube after images of the Christchurch massacre was streamed on their platforms.

The mass-shooting at two mosques in New Zealand is online to be seen by the attacker via his Facebook profile for 17 minutes.

A few hours after the attack, images of the flow can still be found on Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc YouTube, as well as Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp.

Abdallah Zekri, president of the observatory of Islamophobia in the CFCM confirmed the legal complaint.

Reporting by Julie Carriat; writing by Richard Lough; editing by John Irish

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