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Council on French Muslims Sues Facebook and YouTube over New Zealand Terror Video

A group representing millions of French Muslims is suing YouTube and Facebook over videos of the New Zealand terror attack.

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) is reportedly suing the French branches of Facebook and YouTube for “broadcasting” a message with violent content abetting terrorism or of a nature likely to seriously violate human dignity.”

A live video of the March 15 shooting that left 50 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand proliferated on social media.
“This not admissible, Facebook must take their part of responsibility in this and must do everything to anticipate these livestreams as much as [they do with] hate message and Islamophobia on their networks,” CCFCM president Ahmet Ogras stated to CNN.

Facebook said it stopped 1.2 million copies of the video from uploading, but 300,000 copies were published before Facebook took them down. YouTube said it removed tens of thousands of copies of the video.

According to Agence-France Presse, which obtained a copy of CFCM’s complaint, the council also raised concerns about how minors might have seen the video.

A Facebook spokesperson told NowThis that the company is examining the complaint. A Google spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment.