Reddit has banned two subreddits, r/Watchpeopledie and r/Gore, after they began to circulate footage of Friday’s terrorist attack in New Zealand.
r/Watchpeopledie was famous for hosting real-life video clips and GIFs of people meeting their demise. The subreddit had more than 300,000 subscribers. But on Friday, both r/Watchpeopledie and r/Gore were shut down for violating Reddit’s content policy against “glorifying or encouraging violence.”
Reddit made the decision as all the major internet companies have been trying to prevent footage of Friday’s shootings from spreading over social media. The killings, which took the lives of 49 people, were initially live-streamed over Facebook before the video began circulating to other platforms.
The terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques, with the deaths of 49 people, was live streamed on Facebook and spread across numerous social media platforms before being removed.
The terrorist live-streamed the violent attack via a head-mounted camera. That footage was soon posted to Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, and more.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Facebook said it was alerted to the stream shortly after it started; it was deleted, as was the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Facebook is also removing content that praises or supports the terrorist or the shootings, it said.
Different versions of the video remain on YouTube as of writing, PCMag can confirm, and numerous links remain on Twitter. YouTube tweeted that it’s “working vigilantly to remove any violent footage.”
During the attack, the terrorist reportedly told people to “subscribe to PewDiePie,” a YouTuber whose real name is Felix Kjellberg. Kjellberg has come under fire for uttering racial slurs during livestreams and has garnered support from right-wing political parties.