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Facebook Says it 'Quickly' Removed New Zealand Shooter's Video

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7Dnews London

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:33 GMT

Facebook said on March 15th, it had "quickly" removed a live video of the suspected gunman in the twin mosque shootings that killed at least 49 people in New Zealand. The 28-year-old attacker, who has been arrested, published a racist manifesto on Twitter before livestreaming his rampage, showing him repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range, as reported by AFP.

The social network said, "Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video…We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware." 

The Facebook live video, taken with a camera that appeared to be mounted on the gunman's body, shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. In the video he enters the building and fires repeatedly at worshippers as he moves from room to room. 

AFP determined the video was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman's footage with images available online showing the same areas.