“Each item of potentially abhorrent violent material is considered on a case-by-case basis and is limited to very specific categories of material produced by a perpetrator or their accomplice,” she said.
“The content is unlikely to meet the threshold as it appears to be bystander footage made by a person working in a professional capacity as a journalist.”
Facebook’s terms and conditions specifically say people are not allowed to celebrate or glorify crimes, but the social media website does allow some instances of graphic content to be shared to condemn or raise awareness.
“In this case, the video was posted to raise awareness and given this context, does not violate our policies,” a Facebook spokesman said.
A spokesman for Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said the footage may be considered “confronting” but it did not meet the test for being “abhorrent violent material” and there was an argument for public interest to support showing the video.
He said the recent criminalisation of hosting abhorrent footage only applied “to very specific categories of the most egregious, violent audio, visual or audio-visual material produced by a perpetrator or their accomplice”.
“There is an appropriately high threshold to meet,” he said, adding there was a focus on striking the balance between supporting press freedom and protecting the public from exposure to extreme violent content and terrorist material.