Facebook removes New Zealand shooters' FB, Insta accounts

"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.

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Published on 15 March 2019 7:49 AM GMT

Facebook removes New Zealand shooters FB, Insta accounts
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California: The social media giant Facebook on Friday removed both the shooters' FB and Instagram accounts and a live streaming video recorded by one of the shooters, after they opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city, causing "multiple fatalities".

After New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern came down harsh on social media giants over the livestreaming of the carnage, Facebook claimed to have removed 1.5 million videos of the attack around the world in the first 24 hours.

"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," said Mia Garlick from Facebook's New Zealand office in a statement.

"We will continue working directly with New Zealand Police as their response and investigation continues," Facebook added.

The New Zealand police arrested four people, three men and a woman, after the shooting.

The shootings took place at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid, killing nearly 40 people came to offer Friday prayer.

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