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Technology U.S. social networks withhold data on spread of livestreamed Germany shooting video

07:45  19 october  2019
07:45  19 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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This article has already been saved in your Saved Items. U . S . social networks withhold data on The group said companies shared hashes, or digital fingerprints, for 36 visually distinct videos linked The Anti-Defamation League said last week the Halle footage appeared to have spread rapidly online

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. tech companies have declined to release data on the online spread of footage of last week's shooting in Halle, Germany, despite pledging greater transparency as part of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's "Christchurch Call."

Social media apps including WhattsApp, LinkedIn, Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, SnapChat and Periscope are displayed in a social media folder on the screen of an Apple Inc. iPhone 6 in this arranged photograph taken in London, U.K., on Friday, May, 15, 2015.© Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Social media apps including WhattsApp, LinkedIn, Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, SnapChat and Periscope are displayed in a social media folder on the screen of an Apple Inc. iPhone 6 in this arranged photograph taken in London, U.K., on Friday, May, 15, 2015.

Companies including Facebook and Twitter committed in May to take "transparent, specific measures" to prevent the amplification of violent content, after the killing of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook.

Germany synagogue shooter livestreamed attack on Twitch

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was streamed live on Twitch, an online video streaming platform owned by Amazon that is most "We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Germany today, and our deepest Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA

A shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany was live - streamed on Twitch — marking another use of Extremism researcher Megan Squire reported that the video was also spread through the encrypted platform Telegram But as all social networks continue to fight hate content, live videos

Releasing the data would provide an indication of the impact of the new policies.

The companies introduced a new system for data sharing around major incidents and agreed to implement "regular and transparent public reporting, in a way that is measurable and supported by clear methodology."

The killings of two people outside a synagogue in Halle by a gunman, which were livestreamed on Amazon.com's gaming platform Twitch, was the first test of the new "Content Incident Protocol."

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, a group founded by Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Alphabet Google's YouTube which facilitates the protocol, said on Thursday that content related to the Halle attack was "significantly less impactful online" than the Christchurch footage.

Shooting near German synagogue was livestreamed on Twitch

  Shooting near German synagogue was livestreamed on Twitch A video showed the shooter railing against feminism and denying the Holocaust.The shooter failed to enter the synagogue in Halle, Germany, but wreaked havoc, including the deaths of the two individuals, before driving away. The man used a Galaxy S8 on a helmet to record his crime while wearing a kevlar vest. Wednesday is Yom Kippur, the holiest day for Judaism. Inside the synagogue were 70 to 80 worshipers, according to a local Jewish leader. All were safe and unharmed.

" Live - streaming platforms need to start designating places as protected venues with different rules for live streaming in those locations," Lowcock said. "Once something gets out to what I call the social media stratosphere, it goes anywhere it wants to go." The industry isn't sitting still.

Livestreaming is not the only video issue tech companies are battling when it comes to terrorism. Following the Christchurch shooting , Facebook (FB) All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors.

The group said companies shared hashes, or digital fingerprints, for 36 visually distinct videos linked to the attack, fewer than the 800 hashes Facebook said it shared with the group after the Christchurch shooting.

But the GIFCT and the companies declined to release data on how many people had seen the footage and how many of the videos were taken down automatically by their systems, key metrics in measuring the impact of content online.

After the Christchurch attack, Facebook said in a statement it had removed about 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, more than 1.2 million of which it blocked at upload.

Facebook and Microsoft declined to answer questions about how they decide when to disclose data around attacks.

Twitter spokesman Ian Plunkett said the company discloses data on "terrorist content removals" twice a year in a transparency report, adding: "We've nothing else to share."

Google did not respond to requests for comment.

The Anti-Defamation League said last week the Halle footage appeared to have spread rapidly online after it was posted to white supremacist channels on messaging app Telegram.

"In order to assess the efficacy of the protocol, we urge the GIFCT and member companies to release data on the impact of the protocol on the spread of the video," said Daniel Kelley, of the ADL's Center for Technology and Society.

Twitch said after the Halle shooting that the footage had been viewed live by five people and then seen by 2,200 others before the company took it down.

(Reporting by Katie Paul, Editing Greg Mitchell and Cynthia Osterman)

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