Facebook and Twitter remove Shinzo Abe assassination videos

Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are scrambling to remove videos depicting the moments before and after the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Graphic videos circulated on social media following the attack, showing the moments leading up to and after a gunman fired two shots at Abe, violating the platforms’ rules on harmful content.

FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE SHOT DEAD AT CAMPAIGN EVENT

Twitter said its teams are addressing “harmful content” on the platform by “proactively removing” certain content related to the attack, the Associated Press reported. The company also urged its users to flag any violent content to bring to its attention.

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, also said it was in the process of deleting videos depicting the attack and had disabled the suspected gunman’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

“We do not and will not tolerate any violent behavior on our platform. To keep our platform a safe place to connect, we are working to remove any violating content related to the incident,” Meta said.

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YouTube and TikTok also said they are taking similar measures on their platforms to remove and flag any content that violates their rules.

Abe was making a campaign speech around 11 a.m. local time on Friday ahead of an election Sunday for the upper house of the National Diet, Japan’s parliament, when he was shot. He was flown to a nearby hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts, including surgery and a blood transfusion, failed.

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