The researcher Eric Feinberg, based in New York, has located a "game" on Facebook that is based on the massacres of the Christchurch mosque, but a few frames change from the action of the game to the raw images of the shots, taken by the alleged gunman in reality. -Life March 15 attacks, which were killed 51
The hate content activist Feinberg has documented a series of photos from the Facebook page. He discovered it yesterday. The Herald alerted Facebook of its presence this morning and was disconnected soon after.
It had been about two months, the researcher said.
Feinberg also provided a link to the images. the Herald he did not click on it: the alleged gunman has been banned by the New Zealand Censor, which makes it illegal to see or share it, but Feinberg has confirmed his good faith with previous copies of the clip he has discovered and verified by The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph and Facebook itself, among others.
The breakdown of Feinberg's time stamp from the clip discovered this week:
• 1 second to 17 seconds – Video game with soldiers
• 17 seconds to 45 seconds – Raw Video from Christchurch Video
• 45-second split-screen video at 58 Christchurch Video Top / Video Game at Botton
• 58 seconds to 1; 08 Raw video of Christchurch Shootings (very horrible)
A spokesperson for Facebook New Zealand said: "We continue to automatically detect and prevent new uploads of this content on our platforms, using a database of more than 900 visually unique versions of this video." When we identify isolated instances of newly edited versions of the video when loaded, we download it and add it to our database to avoid sharing future loads of the same version ".
"One of the challenges we faced in the days after the Christchurch attack was the proliferation of many different variants of the attack video, and people did not always intentionally share edited versions of the video, which made it difficult to detect our systems.
"Although we implemented several techniques to eventually find these variants, including video and audio matching technology, we realized that this is an area in which we must invest in additional research."
"That's why we announced last week that we will partner with the University of Maryland, Cornell University and the University of California at Berkeley in a US $ 7.5 million research to identify new techniques to detect manipulated media and distinguish between Involuntary posters and adversaries that intentionally manipulate videos and photographs.
"This work will be fundamental to our broader efforts against manipulated media, including fake insights, videos intentionally manipulated to represent events that never happened, and we hope it will also help us fight more effectively the poorly organized actors who try to outsmart our systems while we saw what happened after the Christchurch attack. "
Resisting the change
The alleged armed man broadcast his 17-minute attacks, on March 15 on Facebook Live, and the social network took an hour to remove the video after his automatic safeguards failed and he was finally alerted to the video's presence by the New Zealand police.
Facebook says it has reinforced its filters since the attacks, and has blocked more than 1.5 million attempts to upload the clip.
However, every few days, since March 15, Feinberg has been able to locate copies of the clip on Facebook, Instagram owned by Facebook and, sometimes, YouTube owned by Google.
So far, Facebook has resisted putting a little delay on Facebook Live, or placing universal restrictions on the service (such as YouTube's new requirement for a mobile user to have at least 1,000 followers before they are allowed to broadcast on alive)
But it has introduced a new policy that will see users who violate "certain rules", including their policy of dangerous people or groups, who may not be able to use the service.
The recent summit of Christchurch Call in Paris, which was looking for ways to eliminate violent extremist content on social networks, was considered a good start by most commentators.
However, the refusal of the US. UU To support the initiative, with the White House citing concerns of freedom of expression, it undermined its modest proposals and kept the pressure on Facebook.
PM: Chch Call will investigate the problem
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that "the clip is being cut and edited so that it can be seen slipping through the cracks of the social network systems, which is what Christchurch Call's commitments are trying to solve. shared research will address these issues. "
At the Paris summit, technology giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter agreed to collaborate with the 17 governments participating in the investigation to prevent and eliminate violent and extremist content.
Facebook is contributing US $ 7.5 million for its collaboration with UC Berkeley and Cornell.
The spokesperson agreed that it was not enough money, but noted that all the technology companies that attended would be contributing funds to the effort.
So far, Facebook is the only company that quantifies its contribution, he said.