Social media companies have been told to “clean up their platforms” or be prepared to face the “force of the law” by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
The warning comes after a gunman who killed 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand filmed the attack and live-streamed it directly to Facebook.
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Writing in the Daily Express, Mr Javid said: “Tech companies must do more to stop his messages being broadcast.”
The live-stream of the attack on Facebook lasted for 17 minutes.
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Despite the original video being taken down, it was quickly replicated and shared widely on other platforms, including YouTube and Twitter.
Mr Javid urged people to stop viewing and sharing the “sick material” online, adding: “It is wrong and it is illegal.
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“Online platforms have a responsibility not to do the terrorists’ work for them.
“This terrorist filmed his shooting with the intention of spreading his ideology.”
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He added that the government was trying to address this type of “illegal” behaviour.
The government is due to publish a delayed White Paper on “online harms” in the coming weeks.
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The gunman, who live-streamed the attacks on Friday from a head-mounted camera, identified himself as Brenton Tarrant in the footage, which showed him shooting at men, women and children.
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