Muslim group sues Facebook, YouTube over Christchurch footage

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), one of the main groups representing Muslims in France, is suing Facebook and YouTube. It accused the media companies of inciting violence by allowing the streaming of footage of the Christchurch massacre on their platforms.

CFCM claimed that the companies had disseminated material that encouraged terrorism and harmed the dignity of human beings.

Neither of the social media companies commented so far.

It must be recalled that the shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on March 15, which killed 50 people, was live-streamed on Facebook for 17 minutes and then copied and shared on social media sites across the internet.

As reported by Al-Jazeera, Abdallah Zekri, president of the CFCM’s Islamophobia monitoring unit, informed that the CFCM had launched a formal legal complaint against Facebook and YouTube in France.

The move was welcomed by the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ). FIANZ spokesman Anwar Ghani, showed his anger towards Facebook saying, “They have failed, big time, this was a person who was looking for an audience and … you were the platform he chose to advertise himself and his heinous crime.”