connectVideoNew Zealand mass shooting was partly streamed live on Facebook
Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says that there is an increase in the live-streaming of the terror attacks.
The despicable video of a gunman’s rampage by two New Zealand mosques was seen by thousands of people, thanks for the quick dissemination on platforms like Facebook, Google and Twitter.
Since the incident, the backlash against Big Tech has grown as the Silicon Valley of the pillars have difficulty to explain how and why the terrible video was able to spread so easily and quickly.
On Tuesday, Australia’s three major telecommunications companies, Spark, Vodafone NZ and 2degrees, released a scathing letter to the ceos of the world’s largest tech platforms ask for more action to remove such content in advance instead of reactive.
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“We call on Facebook, Google and Twitter, the platforms carry so much content, a part of an urgent discussion in an industry, and the government of New Zealand on the level of a sustainable solution to this problem,” the letter, which was published on the companies web sites, reads.
YouTube has announced that its artificial intelligence software is not working as well as it had hoped. Facebook, which said it removed 1.5 million videos in the first 24 hours after the attack (1.2 million before they were seen by the users), also struggled to stop the spread of the New Zealand video.
“Although we recognize the speed with which social network companies sought to remove Friday the video as soon as they were made aware of it, this was still a reaction to any material that is quickly spreading throughout the world and should never have been made available online,” the telecommunications ‘ statement says. “We believe that society has the right to expect that companies such as yours to take more responsibility for the content of their platforms.”
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The three telecom companies took the unprecedented step in the afternoon of the attack to jointly identify and suspend access to websites that the hosting of the video images that are recorded by the alleged gunman as he mowed down worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch.
“We believed that this exceptional step was the right thing to do in such extreme and tragic circumstances,” the telecom companies said. “More needs to be done to prevent horrific content is uploaded. There are already AI techniques that we believe can be used to identify content, such as this video, in the same way that the infringement on the copyright can be identified. This must be prioritized as a matter of urgency.”
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In addition to the live-streamed video of the attack itself, the alleged shooter, and a self-conscious white supremacist also uploaded allegedly a 74-page manifesto that detailed plans and railed against Muslims and immigrants.
Fox News has reached Facebook, Google and Twitter for comment.