A French Muslim council sues Facebook and Youtube for broadcasting the Christchurch’ video

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The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) announced, Monday, that it filed a complaint against Facebook and Youtube for broadcasting the graphic video, filmed and published by the Australian terrorist who killed 50 people and injured 50 others in New Zealand’s bloodiest terror attack.

CFCM said that the two platforms «broadcasted a message with violent content abetting terrorism, or of a nature likely to seriously violate human dignity and liable to be seen by a minor», AFP reported, quoting the complaint.

Although Facebook announced that it removed the graphic video from its platform, the Muslim Council that such «acts can be punished by three year’s imprisonment and a 75,000 euro fine», the same source added.

For the record, the original live video filmed and shared by the Christchurch attacks’ terrorist was watched 4,000 times before Facebook deleted it, the social media platform said.

The footage was reported to Facebook only 12 minutes after the live stream ended. After it was removed by Facebook, the 17-minute video kept surfacing on the social media platform. A copy of the footage, which was watched by 200 people live, was «placed on alt-right file sharing site 8chan».

In 24 hours only, Facebook «blocked 1.2 million copies at the point of upload and deleted another 300,000», the same source said.

Despite this measure, Facebook users edited copies of the video and uploaded them to the platform, which was hard to spot and monitor.

Following the Christchurch terror attack politicians and leaders urged social media platforms to be more cautious with graphic and extremist content posted on their platforms.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said criticized social media, stressing that «they are the publisher not just the postman».

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