Facebook streamed a live video of a terrorist attack on a mosque in New Zealand which spread quite a lot of stir among the community. Different videos related to the attack were updated on social media and Facebook has been facing some serious backlash since then. Facebook gave the statement that it was working to get all the videos removed but the videos were already copied and people started to post them on other social media sites as well.
Video hashing is a process through which it is identified that how many copies of an original video has been made and what kinds of manipulations have been done. Facebook stated that the tool helped us find out that the original video posted on social site was edited by a great number of users and these edited videos were posted on different social media sites. A Facebook spokesperson told that hashing technology found almost 900 videos.
Facebook remained unsuccessful in stopping the live streaming of the attack and took actions only after the case was taken over by the New Zealand police. According to Facebook, its system remained unsuccessful in identifying the attack streaming and therefore, could not take necessary actions on time. Since then, the company has been getting a lot of criticism not just from New Zealand but from other countries around the globe too.
It seems that Facebook needs to work seriously on its policies, rules, and systems so that such incidents can be avoided in the future. Right after the video was uploaded, it was viewed by more than 200 Facebook users.