New video of mosque shooting was uploaded to YouTube every second after attack
A video of the New Zealand mosque shootings was uploaded to YouTube nearly every second in the 24 hours following the attack, the website said Monday.
The video-sharing platform said they are “working around the clock” to scrub the footage and have already removed thousands of videos and taken down hundreds of accountS that “promote or glorify the shooter.”
“The volume of related videos uploaded to YouTube in the first 24 hours was unprecedented both in scale and speed, at times as fast as a new upload every second,” YouTube tweeted.
The speed at which the videos were uploaded forced the site to change up their standard protocol of having their software flag troublesome content for human moderators to review. Instead, they said they let the AI system “automatically reject footage of the violence.”
They also said they stopped users from being able to search for recent uploads, “which limited the ability to discover and view violative content…”
YouTube said it worked to make sure that any searches on the shooting only pulled up results from legit sources, “like The New Zealand Herald or USA Today.”
Still, for hours after Friday’s attacks, the footage was able to be found on the site.
The clips also circulated widely on Facebook, which said Saturday it had scrubbed 1.5 million videos of the massacre within 24 hours of the attack.