New Zealand Attack: Muslim Group Sue Facebook, YouTube
Newzealand shooting/thedailybeast.com

A Muslim group in France has filed a case against internet giants, Facebook and YouTube for the public broadcast of New Zealand terror attack.

The French Council of the Muslim Faith on Monday sued the tech giant for “broadcasting a message with violent content abetting terrorism, or of a nature likely to seriously violate human dignity and liable to be seen by a minor,” according to the complaint, a copy of which was seen by AFP.

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In France, such acts can be punished by three years’ imprisonment and a 75,000 euro (US$85,000) fine.

Facebook said it “quickly” removed the live video showing the killing of 50 people by a white supremacist in twin mosque attacks in Christchurch on March 15.

But the live stream lasting 17 minutes was shared extensively on YouTube and Twitter, and Internet platforms had to scramble to remove videos being reposted of the gruesome scene.