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Death toll of New Zealand mosque shooting rises to 50 | Updated: 2019-03-17 06:20

Major world social media remove shooting video of terror attacks

Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is seen in the dock during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand March 16, 2019.[Photo/Agencies]

Major world social media including Facebook, Google and Twitter are working hard to take down posts containing graphic footage of terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch Friday.

One of the shooters appeared to have live-streamed the attacks on Facebook that purportedly showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire on the prayers.

The account of the shooter has now been removed from Facebook, and many other posts that had originally shared the footage have also disappeared from the platform.

Mia Garlick of Facebook's New Zealand office said in a statement to American internet media BuzzFeed journalist Ryan Mac that the company is working to block the shooting video from spreading in the Facebook community.

Twitter also pulled down the original video and suspended the account that shared it on its platform, saying the user had violated its policies banning graphic, hate or terror content.

YouTube stated on its Twitter account that it was working vigilantly to suspend any violent footage.

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