Facebook has confirmed that local law enforcement agencies have "alerted a video on Facebook shortly after livestream began". It said it removed the unchecked video along with the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts. "We also do not praise or support the crime and shooters or shooters as soon as we know," said Mia Garlick, a Facebook spokeswoman in New Zealand. "We will continue to work directly with the New Zealand police as their response and investigation continues." In a tweet, YouTube said, "Please know, we're working hard to remove violent material."
Our hearts are broken because of today's terrible tragedy in New Zealand. Please know that we are working hard to remove violent material.
̵1; YouTube (@YouTube) March 15, 2019
Despite swift action, it may be a major obstacle to stopping the distribution of unchecked content on Facebook and YouTube. Naturally, the two platforms are designed to spread viral content and put moderators on their backs whenever something is shared.
A 28-year-old man was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, the police confirmed. Three other suspects, two men and one woman, were arrested, according to the police. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the alleged shooter, who has Australian citizenship, as "extremist, right-wing" terrorists. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also described it as a "terrorist attack".
The alleged shooter identified himself online as Brenton Tarrant before shooting on a now-removed Twitter account, according to Guardian . His tweets included numerous photos of machine gun magazines and a link to an alleged manifesto for his actions, which was also published on 8chan, a highly controversial platform for news. The New Zealand police have not confirmed whether Tarrant is charged with murder.
The suspect's social media activity and subsequent livestream of the attack indicate that he wanted to draw attention to himself and his actions. His manifesto mentions Fortnite and Spyro the Dragon and the conservative pundit Candace Owens, according to The Verge suggesting that he was trying to get around the shootout one To make a narrative. Video games were erroneously associated with violence in the past after mass shootings.
The gunman can also say, "Remember, boys, subscribe to Pewdiepie," just before the 17-minute clip to the attack, a reference to the popular YouTube creator Felix Kjellberg, who had previously criticized anti-Semitic comments ,
Kjellberg has condemned Twitter to condemn the shootings. "I've just heard news about the devastating reports from Christchurch, New Zealand, and I feel absolutely sick that my name is being pronounced by this person, and my heart and thoughts go to the victims, families, and everyone affected by this tragedy "he said tweet .
Kjiellberg's YouTube channel has the highest subscriber base of 89 million, but is currently in competition with the T-series channel. PewDiePie's most devoted fans have staged stunts, including hacking printers and the Wall Street Journal website to help keep him in the lead.