China accuses Pelosi and McConnell of inciting ‘chaos’ in Hong Kong

Months of protests, violence and large-scale disruptions in Hong Kong have thrust the city into the global spotlight. “The U.S. denied on many occasions its involvement in the ongoing violent incidents in Hong Kong. A host of public statements show it’s accurate to say American officials have been commenting about Hong Kong — which has seen increasing violence between pro-democracy protesters, counter-protesters, and police. U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Tuesday Twitter post that he “can


Months of protests, violence and large-scale disruptions in Hong Kong have thrust the city into the global spotlight. “The U.S. denied on many occasions its involvement in the ongoing violent incidents in Hong Kong. A host of public statements show it’s accurate to say American officials have been commenting about Hong Kong — which has seen increasing violence between pro-democracy protesters, counter-protesters, and police. U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Tuesday Twitter post that he “can
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China accuses Pelosi and McConnell of inciting 'chaos' in Hong Kong

Months of protests, violence and large-scale disruptions in Hong Kong have thrust the city into the global spotlight. According to China, there’s “powerful evidence” that the United States has been involved.

A spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry claimed Tuesday that recent comments from American lawmakers — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — demonstrate that Washington’s real goal is to incite chaos in the city.

“The U.S. denied on many occasions its involvement in the ongoing violent incidents in Hong Kong. However, the comments from those members of the U.S. Congress have provided the world with new and powerful evidence on the country’s involvement,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said, according to an official translation of her remarks.

A host of public statements show it’s accurate to say American officials have been commenting about Hong Kong — which has seen increasing violence between pro-democracy protesters, counter-protesters, and police. Still, Hua accused U.S. politicians of intentionally distorting their assessments and spurring clashes.

“By neglecting and distorting the truth, they whitewashed violent crimes as a struggle for human rights and freedom, and deliberately misinterpreted the work of Hong Kong police as violent repression when the police were only enforcing the law, fighting crimes and upholding social order,” she said.

“They even incited the Hong Kong residents to engage in confrontation with the (special administrative region) government and the central government,” Hua added. “How anxious are they to instigate and see chaos!”

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Tuesday Twitter post that he “can’t imagine why” anyone would blame the United States for “the problems” in Hong Kong.

The ongoing protests can be traced back to March when thousands marched against a proposed bill that would allow Hong Kong to extradite people to mainland China. Although the former British colony has been part of the country since 1997, it’s designated as a Chinese “special administrative region” and has been allowed a degree of autonomy in legal and financial matters. That arrangement has been known as “one country, two systems” and it guides Hong Kong’s constitutionally enshrined mandate that the city will maintain its “previous capitalist system” for 50 years after it officially rejoined China.

Given that background, many in Hong Kong said the proposed extradition law would erode their city’s autonomy. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, eventually announced the government would indefinitely halt the bill, but protests continued as demonstrators called for it to be officially withdrawn and for an investigation into police actions. As hundreds of thousands, by some counts, have continued to take to the streets, the messages have increasingly become about democracy, autonomy and even independence.

That’s been a red line for China’s leadership, and Beijing mouthpieces and officials have repeatedly emphasized that Hong Kong’s relationship with the rest of the country is not up for discussion. And that’s the topic now inducing the Foreign Ministry’s criticisms of U.S. officials.

“We solemnly remind you this plain truth: Hong Kong affairs are entirely China’s internal affairs, and you are neither entitled nor qualified to wantonly comment on them,” Hua said Tuesday. “Mind your own business and stay out of Hong Kong affairs.”


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Cathay Pacific suspends pilot for involvement in Hong Kong protests

Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests. The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent w


Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests. The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent w
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Cathay Pacific suspends pilot for involvement in Hong Kong protests

Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.

The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. It also confirmed that one of its pilots was removed from his duties since July 30.

The pilot was reportedly among over 40 people charged with rioting, during clashes with police near Beijing’s main representative office in the city.

Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent weeks turned increasingly violent and disruptive.

The rallies, which were started to protest a bill that would have allowed people to be extradited to mainland China, have snowballed into a democracy movement, with some even demanding full autonomy from Beijing.

The unrest has frequently crippled the Asian financial hub’s transportation system and last Monday, Cathay cancelled hundreds of flights during a general strike.


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Protesters clash with police, chant ‘liberate Hong Kong’ as unrest continues for 10th week

Hong Kong police and protesters clashed in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city on Sunday, marking a shift in tactics during a tenth straight weekend of unrest in the former British colony where many are chafing at Chinese rule. “If she doesn’t listen to the people and respond to our reasonable demands, we’re going to continue to spread protests across Hong Kong.” Demonstrators say they are fighting against the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement enshrining some autonomy fo


Hong Kong police and protesters clashed in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city on Sunday, marking a shift in tactics during a tenth straight weekend of unrest in the former British colony where many are chafing at Chinese rule. “If she doesn’t listen to the people and respond to our reasonable demands, we’re going to continue to spread protests across Hong Kong.” Demonstrators say they are fighting against the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement enshrining some autonomy fo
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Protesters clash with police, chant 'liberate Hong Kong' as unrest continues for 10th week

Hong Kong police and protesters clashed in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city on Sunday, marking a shift in tactics during a tenth straight weekend of unrest in the former British colony where many are chafing at Chinese rule.

Seeking to clear streets more quickly than before, police fired tear gas and charged with batons at flashpoints from big shopping boulevards to bar-lined streets and railway stations.

Demonstrators, who at one point lobbed two petrol bombs, retaliated with a flash-mob strategy – withdrawing when pressed, only to re-appear elsewhere relentlessly.

The increasingly violent protests since June have plunged the Asian financial hub into its most serious crisis in decades and are one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

Despite the intense police response and a toughening stance from China, the movement that began two months ago in opposition to a bill allowing extradition to the mainland still seems to enjoy broad support in the city of more than 7 million people.

“We’ve been running all day but we’re not tired,” said Ah Sing, a protester in his 30s, wearing a black vest and surgical mask while he rushed from one protest to another.

“This is our response to Carrie Lam,” he added, referring to the city’s Beijing-backed leader. “If she doesn’t listen to the people and respond to our reasonable demands, we’re going to continue to spread protests across Hong Kong.”

Beijing says criminals and agitators are stirring violence, encouraged by “interfering” foreign powers including Britain.

Hong Kong’s government called the protests “unlawful assemblies” and said a petrol bomb had injured a policeman.

There is “no longer any fixed period of time or fixed locations for these persistent and large-scale illegal and violent acts”, which have deprived ordinary people of the right to carry on their daily lives, a government spokesman said in a statement.

Demonstrators say they are fighting against the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement enshrining some autonomy for Hong Kong when China took it back in 1997.

“Independence for Hong Kong is not viable in the near term,” acknowledged protester Sam, 23, a barrister, while music pumped from cabaret lounges in Wan Chai’s bar district behind him. “But we have to fight for our freedoms and democracy.”

Shortly after, riot police fired volley after volley of tear gas at his makeshift barricade of railings, wood and police cones, forcing protesters to withdraw.

“Why are you hitting my friends? They are teenagers,” politics student Sabrina, 19, cried out after officers went in with batons at crowds in a shopping district at Kowloon.

“Who are you working for? The Communist Party? The Chinese government? How can you sleep at night?”


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No evidence that violent video games are causing mass shootings, despite politicians’ claims

After shooting massacres last weekend killed 31 people and wounded dozens, some politicians are once again turning to a familiar scapegoat: video games. It is a recurring mantra that dates back generations: “violent video games make people more violent.” “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.” Markey noted that while over 70% of high school students play violent video games, only 20% of school shooters have


After shooting massacres last weekend killed 31 people and wounded dozens, some politicians are once again turning to a familiar scapegoat: video games. It is a recurring mantra that dates back generations: “violent video games make people more violent.” “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.” Markey noted that while over 70% of high school students play violent video games, only 20% of school shooters have
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No evidence that violent video games are causing mass shootings, despite politicians' claims

Attendees play the Activision Blizzard Inc. Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game at the company’s booth during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

After shooting massacres last weekend killed 31 people and wounded dozens, some politicians are once again turning to a familiar scapegoat: video games.

It is a recurring mantra that dates back generations: “violent video games make people more violent.” Only, there’s no evidence to actually back up that claim, experts say.

“The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of violence,” Patrick Markey, director of The Interpersonal Research Laboratory and professor of psychology at Villanova University, said. “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.”

While some research has suggested the violent video games can cause a slight rise in aggression after being played, Russell Shilling, chief scientific officer at the American Psychological Association, said such cases are a small subset of the population. He was quick to note that aggression doesn’t mean violence and that much of these research has been misrepresented in the media.

Markey noted that while over 70% of high school students play violent video games, only 20% of school shooters have reported playing these games.

“School shooters have less interest in violent video games,” he said. He added that playing these types of games is normal activity for teens and school shooters tend to not be doing what their peers are doing.


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Walmart is taking displays of violent video games out of stores following El Paso shooting

Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores. While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.” “The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of


Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores. While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.” “The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of
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Walmart is taking displays of violent video games out of stores following El Paso shooting

People pay their respects at the makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting that left a total of 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas, on August 6, 2019.

Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores.

Walmart this week sent workers in its stores a notice telling them to take “immediate action,” to “remove signing and displays referencing violence.” It called out specifically turning off PlayStation and Xbox units with violent graphics, and also to “cancel and events promoting combat or third-person shooter games.”

“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment,” a spokeswoman told CNBC on Friday.

While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up.

“I’m going to give Walmart the benefit of the doubt on this one,” Patrick Markey, director of The Interpersonal Research Laboratory and professor of psychology at Villanova University, said. “I think they simply don’t want to remind shoppers of the violence. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.”

“The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of violence,” he said. “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.”

Back in 2017, the American Psychology Association’s media psychology division published a policy statement that reads: “Scant evidence has emerged that makes any causal or correlational connection between playing violent video games and actually committing violent activities.”

By Friday morning, there was an active discussion on social media about the retailer’s changes. Reddit users who claim to be Walmart employees were questioning the new policy, saying it removes “virtual violence,” while continuing to sell guns.

Walmart declined to comment beyond its earlier statement.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon earlier this week took to his social media accounts to say the company will be “thoughtful and deliberate” in how it responds to the shootings, one of which took place on July 30 at its El Paso store, where 22 people were killed.


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White House to host discussion on violent online extremism – but Trump isn’t expected to attend

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Police repeatedly fire tear gas on protesters as confrontation turns violent in Hong Kong

Protesters flee the area after police fired tear gas during demonstrations outside the Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Isaac Lawrence | AFP | Getty ImagesHong Kong police repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets into large crowds of protesters gathering around the local legislature on Wednesday. After one instance of tear gas being fired, protesters yelled “Shame on the Hong Kong police.” A spokesman at the Hong Kong office of China’s foreign ministry declined to c


Protesters flee the area after police fired tear gas during demonstrations outside the Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Isaac Lawrence | AFP | Getty ImagesHong Kong police repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets into large crowds of protesters gathering around the local legislature on Wednesday. After one instance of tear gas being fired, protesters yelled “Shame on the Hong Kong police.” A spokesman at the Hong Kong office of China’s foreign ministry declined to c
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Police repeatedly fire tear gas on protesters as confrontation turns violent in Hong Kong

Protesters flee the area after police fired tear gas during demonstrations outside the Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Isaac Lawrence | AFP | Getty Images

Hong Kong police repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets into large crowds of protesters gathering around the local legislature on Wednesday. That came as lawmakers postponed debate on proposed legal changes condemned by hundreds of thousands in the city. The protests, which kicked off over the weekend, were aimed at stopping a government plan to allow extraditions to mainland China. The heart of the issue, demonstrators say, is the city’s ceding its autonomy to Beijing. Large crowds overflowed roads and pathways leading to the Legislative Council, the local assembly, while police in riot gear were deployed. Police early on raised a red warning flag that reads: “Stop Charging or We Use Force.” Crowds surrounded Legco — as the council is informally known — in the morning but by late afternoon had largely been pushed to areas south of the facility. In the afternoon, explosion-like sounds could be heard and smoke from tear gas was seen rising from near one protest point where police squared off with demonstrators. Video showed authorities using gas canisters and other methods to push back demonstrators. Protesters wearing white or black paper face masks dispersed and shouted amid the smoky tear gas. Police walked through cleared areas knocking debris out of the way. Sirens from emergency vehicles were occasionally heard. Massed protesters shouted “go away” to police and yelled out warnings and made gestures with their hands to send signals to others in the crowd. After one instance of tear gas being fired, protesters yelled “Shame on the Hong Kong police.” Security was heavy in central Hong Kong from the morning with non-authorized access blocked to the legislature. Activists have called on opponents of the proposal to surround the facility days after the biggest public demonstration in years shook the global finance and trade hub of 7.4 million people.

‘A large crowd’

Lawmakers were scheduled to discuss the proposal Wednesday but the legislature announced in a brief statement on its website that the meeting would be “changed to a later time.” Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary for Administration, Matthew Cheung, later issued a video statement saying: “Due to a large crowd blocking areas around the Legislative Council building, the president of Legislative Council ordered to delay the meeting to another time,” according to a CNBC translation. “The government urges citizens who are occupying the roads to return to the pedestrian walkways so that traffic can resume soon,” said Cheung, the No. 2 official in Hong Kong. “I also wanted to call for the citizens here to remain calm and restrained, to leave peacefully soon and not to break the law.” The Legco press office subsequently confirmed to CNBC that lawmakers will not meet Wednesday. Dennis Kwok, one of the legislators who has led opposition to the government plan, said he’s doing so because of Hong Kong and the mainland’s fundamentally different legal characters. “It’s because we do not trust the legal system in China, where there is no independence of judiciary and there is no respect for human rights and due process,” Kwok told CNBC on Wednesday. “And sending people there to face serious criminal trials with no human rights safeguard is below our standard.” A spokesman at the Hong Kong office of China’s foreign ministry declined to comment when contacted by CNBC for reaction to Kwok’s remarks. Police said that 240,000 people participated at the peak of Sunday’s protest that saw throngs march down a main street shouting slogans and carrying signs denouncing the legislation and demanding Hong Kong’s top official, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, resign. Organizers, however, claimed a turnout of slightly more than 1 million. The last time Hong Kong saw a protest of such scale was in 2003 when an estimated 500,000 people rallied against a proposed security law that also raised fears of closer links to China. Sunday’s protest was overwhelmingly peaceful, but there were clashes at night between protesters and police at the legislature with injuries suffered and arrests made. Lam, who next month starts the third year of a five-year term, on Monday rejected calls to quit , telling reporters that she will push ahead with the plan in the local assembly.

‘Hong Kong is Hong Kong’

Lam also said the idea for the legal change came from her government, denying widespread suspicions that she is acting at the behest of Beijing authorities. The government says it is necessary to close a legal “gap” that prevents it from extraditing a local man to Taiwan for allegedly killing his girlfriend while on a visit there last year. It wants to amend a local ordinance to that effect, but the change would also apply to China and other locales with which Hong Kong lacks extradition treaties. The government says the bill includes strong safeguards, including those that will prevent human rights abuses, and has claimed it won’t be used for political purposes.

A demonstrator displays the U.K. flag behind a police line on June 10 in Hong Kong. Chan Long Hei | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images

But Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s president, in a Tuesday Facebook post lauded the Hong Kong protesters and criticized the proposal, saying the self-governing island would not accept the accused man’s extradition under the proposed legal change. Many in Hong Kong, which has a separate legal system from mainland China, fear being caught up in mainland courts, which are widely criticized by human groups as a political tool of the Chinese Communist Party. “I think Hong Kong is Hong Kong. It’s not China,” said Jeace Chan, who participated in Sunday’s demonstration and was having breakfast Wednesday before heading to the legislature to join the latest protest aimed at stopping passage of the bill. “This is our goal,” she added.

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UK lawmakers are considering holding tech CEOs accountable for distribution of violent content

UK lawmakers are considering holding tech CEOs accountable for distribution of violent content6 Hours AgoThe United Kingdom is reportedly working on legislation that would hold social media executives liable for harmful content shared on their platforms. The proposal would empower an independent regulator to assess fines and hold executives from companies like Facebook and Google personally liable for breaches that harm public safety. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital,


UK lawmakers are considering holding tech CEOs accountable for distribution of violent content6 Hours AgoThe United Kingdom is reportedly working on legislation that would hold social media executives liable for harmful content shared on their platforms. The proposal would empower an independent regulator to assess fines and hold executives from companies like Facebook and Google personally liable for breaches that harm public safety. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital,
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UK lawmakers are considering holding tech CEOs accountable for distribution of violent content

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The United Kingdom is reportedly working on legislation that would hold social media executives liable for harmful content shared on their platforms. The proposal would empower an independent regulator to assess fines and hold executives from companies like Facebook and Google personally liable for breaches that harm public safety. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the proposal and what tech companies can do about the issue.


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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter go to extraordinary lengths to take down mosque massacre videos

Facebook said Saturday it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack in the first 24 hours after it was originally livestreamed. Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry about the number of people who viewed the videos of the attack prior to their removal. Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and Reddit also took steps in the hours after the attack to remove copies of the video. YouTube has previously taken steps to prioritize news reports during a trending event, rather than videos that co


Facebook said Saturday it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack in the first 24 hours after it was originally livestreamed. Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry about the number of people who viewed the videos of the attack prior to their removal. Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and Reddit also took steps in the hours after the attack to remove copies of the video. YouTube has previously taken steps to prioritize news reports during a trending event, rather than videos that co
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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter go to extraordinary lengths to take down mosque massacre videos

In the hours after a shooting suspect in New Zealand broadcast his mosque rampageacross social media, internet companies worked quickly to remove versions of the video that continued to pop up on their platforms.

Facebook said Saturday it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack in the first 24 hours after it was originally livestreamed. Facebook said 1.2 million of those videos “were blocked at upload.” Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry about the number of people who viewed the videos of the attack prior to their removal.

Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and Reddit also took steps in the hours after the attack to remove copies of the video. Reddit banned a forum where a video of the attack had been posted, saying it violated its policies by “glorifying or encouraging violence.” But hours after the massacre, which took 50 lives and was declared an act of terrorism by New Zealand’s prime minister, the videos were still available online as tech companies delete duplicate versions.

YouTube deleted tens of thousands of videos from its platform following the attacks and removed human review from its usual content moderation process in order to more quickly take down violent content related to the massacre, according to a spokesperson. The company also “terminated hundreds of accounts created to promote or glorify the shooter,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“The volume of related videos uploaded to YouTube in the 24 hours after the attack was unprecedented both in scale and speed, at times as fast as a new upload every second,” the YouTube spokesperson said. “In response, we took a number of steps, including automatically rejecting any footage of the violence, temporarily suspending the ability to sort or filter searches by upload date, and making sure searches on this event pulled up results from authoritative news sources like The New Zealand Herald or USA Today. Our teams are continuing to work around the clock to prevent violent and graphic content from spreading, we know there is much more work to do.”

YouTube has previously taken steps to prioritize news reports during a trending event, rather than videos that could potentially spread misinformation. But some of the copied videos of the New Zealand shooting were altered in ways that YouTube’s automated systems couldn’t detect, The Washington Post reported. The YouTube spokesperson said the company suspended the ability to sort searches by upload date as it tried to remove videos of the attack to make it more difficult to find the violent videos, though it’s unclear how quickly this step was taken.

Twitter and Reddit declined to share the number of videos removed from their platforms following the attack.

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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter go to extraordinary lengths to take down mosque massacre videos

Facebook said Saturday it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack in the first 24 hours after it was originally livestreamed. Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry about the number of people who viewed the videos of the attack prior to their removal. Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and Reddit also took steps in the hours after the attack to remove copies of the video. YouTube has previously taken steps to prioritize news reports during a trending event, rather than videos that co


Facebook said Saturday it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack in the first 24 hours after it was originally livestreamed. Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry about the number of people who viewed the videos of the attack prior to their removal. Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and Reddit also took steps in the hours after the attack to remove copies of the video. YouTube has previously taken steps to prioritize news reports during a trending event, rather than videos that co
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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter go to extraordinary lengths to take down mosque massacre videos

In the hours after a shooting suspect in New Zealand broadcast his mosque rampageacross social media, internet companies worked quickly to remove versions of the video that continued to pop up on their platforms.

Facebook said Saturday it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack in the first 24 hours after it was originally livestreamed. Facebook said 1.2 million of those videos “were blocked at upload.” Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry about the number of people who viewed the videos of the attack prior to their removal.

Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and Reddit also took steps in the hours after the attack to remove copies of the video. Reddit banned a forum where a video of the attack had been posted, saying it violated its policies by “glorifying or encouraging violence.” But hours after the massacre, which took 50 lives and was declared an act of terrorism by New Zealand’s prime minister, the videos were still available online as tech companies delete duplicate versions.

YouTube deleted tens of thousands of videos from its platform following the attacks and removed human review from its usual content moderation process in order to more quickly take down violent content related to the massacre, according to a spokesperson. The company also “terminated hundreds of accounts created to promote or glorify the shooter,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“The volume of related videos uploaded to YouTube in the 24 hours after the attack was unprecedented both in scale and speed, at times as fast as a new upload every second,” the YouTube spokesperson said. “In response, we took a number of steps, including automatically rejecting any footage of the violence, temporarily suspending the ability to sort or filter searches by upload date, and making sure searches on this event pulled up results from authoritative news sources like The New Zealand Herald or USA Today. Our teams are continuing to work around the clock to prevent violent and graphic content from spreading, we know there is much more work to do.”

YouTube has previously taken steps to prioritize news reports during a trending event, rather than videos that could potentially spread misinformation. But some of the copied videos of the New Zealand shooting were altered in ways that YouTube’s automated systems couldn’t detect, The Washington Post reported. The YouTube spokesperson said the company suspended the ability to sort searches by upload date as it tried to remove videos of the attack to make it more difficult to find the violent videos, though it’s unclear how quickly this step was taken.

Twitter and Reddit declined to share the number of videos removed from their platforms following the attack.

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