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Authorities still working to investigate distribution of Christchurch terrorist attack livestream footage online

The New Zealand Police is working closely with Facebook and Google, as it investigates the distribution of the livestream shared by the gunman allegedly responsible for the terrorist attack in Christchurch.

The video is still circulating online.

"Police are actively investigating the sharing and dissemination of the video," a police spokesperson said. "For operational reasons, we are unable to go into specifics."

A 44-year-old Christchurch man, Philip Arps, appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday, accused of distributing objectionable material. He was denied bail.

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An 18-year-old, who has interim name suppression, appeared in court on Monday, also charged with distributing the livestream.

"We’re working very closely with other government agencies, ISPs, and major international companies (such as Facebook, YouTube, Google)" the spokesperson said.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 15: Police officers cordon off the area after gunmen attacked the two mosques and fired multiple times during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. At least nine people were reportedly killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local media reported Friday.

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Police officers cordon off an area of Christchurch, March 15, 2019. Source: Getty