Facebook responds to New Zealand massacre livestream and insists it took down the killer’s account ASAP

Facebook have responded to the New Zealand massacre livestream and insisted it removed the killer’s account as soon as possible.

A man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant, 28, used Facebook to broadcast his slaughter of 41 worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque, in Christchurch as Friday prayers were underway.

New Zealand police alerted the social media giant to the livestream soon after it began, Facebook confirmed as they offered their condolences to the victims and their families.

The footage shows the killer taking weaponry, including a semi-automatic shotgun and rifle, to the location before he gets out at the Mosque to begin his sick rampage.

Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the community affected by this horrendous act,’ Facebook’s boss in Australia and New Zealand, Mia Garlick, said in an email seen by Business Insider.

‘New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced, and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,’ Ms Garlick added.

‘We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware. We will continue working directly with New Zealand Police as their response and investigation continues.’

The gunman’s footage showed the weapons being placed in the boot of a silver vehicle and then being unloaded at the Mosque.

The white supremacist wears a body camera to give a first-person view as he walks towards the door of the Mosque as he takes aim and starts firing on innocent worshippers.