New Zealand mass shooting shows tech companies can’t control viral tragedies


A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019.

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For every video of the mass shooting in New Zealand that YouTube and Facebook blocks, another two or three seem to replace it.

On Friday, a gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand, attacked Muslims praying at a mosque and livestreamed the shooting on Facebook. The social network removed the video and deleted his account, but the clip was downloaded and has since spread…

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