Facebook, YouTube, Twitter And Scribd Scramble To Scrub NZ Shooting Evidence

Friday, March 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 03/15/2019

Facebook, YouTube, Scribd and several other content platforms are scrambling to remove material related to the New Zealand mosque shootings, including footage livestreamed by 28-year-old shooter Brenton Tarrant of Australia, Bloomberg reports.

49 people were killed and dozens injured in attacks on two Christchurch mosques on Thursday – the deadliest of which occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque at approximately 1:45 p.m., where the murders of 41 of the 49 people were broadcast over Facebook live and quickly distributed across various platforms.

In the immediate aftermath, researcher and journalist Nick Monroe quickly determined the shooter’s identity and provided a running Twitter thread as events unfolded – including three links to footage of the shooting.

His fast-moving thread was featured in at least one broadcast news report, and quickly became the ‘go-to’ for the latest information on the shootings.

Twitter, however, immediately locked Monroe’s account until he deleted a tweet with links to footage of the livestream – one of eight he has been made to take down.

Also deleted was a copy of the shooter’s 74-page manifesto posted to Scribd and included in Monroe’s thread under a DCMA copyright violation. In it, he appears to subscribe to a number of ideologies, writes Breitbart senior tech correspondent, Allum Bokhari. Ultimately, the shooter wanted to “Create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States on the ownership of firearms in order to further the social, cultural, political, and racial divide within the United States.”

>The document is riddled with white nationalist talking points, and the shooter describes himself as a “fascist.” He also castigates Muslims as “the most despised group of invaders in the west.”

Yet elsewhere in the document, the shooter describes himself as a socialist, “depending on the definition.” The shooter also declares his support for “environmentalism,” “worker’s rights,” and “responsible markets.”

Parts of the manifesto appear to be insincere trolling, aimed at sowing confusion about his motivations. At one point, the shooter blames his action on popular video game titles, saying “Spyro the Dragon 3 taught me ethno-nationalism” and that “Fortnite trained me to be a killer.”

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