Facebook said yesterday that it removed or blocked from the social media site 1.5 million videos of a gunman’s rampage on two New Zealand mosques that killed 50 people and wounded dozens more. Mia Garlick, spokeswoman for Facebook New Zealand, said that about 300,000 videos were removed within the first 24 hours of the terrorist attack Friday. More than 1.2 million were blocked at upload, she said. “Out of respect for the people affected by this tragedy and the concerns of local authorities, we’re also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content,” Garlick said in a tweet. Garlick said that Facebook was using technology and people “around the clock” to remove content that violates its violence policy. Minutes before the attack, the alleged shooter posted a 74-page manifesto on Twitter and sent it to numerous officials and media outlets in New Zealand. The gunman also livestreamed the rampage via helmet cam on Facebook and Twitter.
Meanwhile, as New Zealand mourns those killed in Friday’s mosque shootings, lawmakers are debating changes to the country’s gun laws. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says reforms will be announced within 10 days following the Christchurch massacre that 50 left people dead and dozens more wounded. Ardern has also announced an inquiry into the country’s intelligence services. The Australian white supremacist charged in the massacre wasn’t detected before the attack, and there are concerns intelligence agencies were overly focused on the Muslim community in their risk assessments.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern comforted mourners and laid a wreath at Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington after the Christchurch terror attack. On Monday, Ardern confirmed that New Zealand's government has agreed to reform the country's gun laws in the wake of last Friday's massacre at two mosques, in which 50 people were killed.