Reddit has banned a forum that is notorious for sharing videos of murder in the wake of a shooting attack in New Zealand.
The subreddit 'r/watchpeopledie' was banned from the site on Friday, hours after a shooter stormed two mosques in Christchurch and killed 49 while live-streaming the massacre.
The video of the horror attack quickly circulated online, despite attempts to quash its spread.
On r/watchpeopledie, which is devoted to sharing such footage, Reddit users feverishly tried to get their hands on the 17-minute clip.
Reddit displayed the ban hammer on the subreddit r/watchpeopledie, indicating that the forum devoted to videos of death had been permanently banned on Friday
A heavily armed shooter stormed two mosques on Friday in New Zealand, firing indiscriminately as he broadcast live on Facebook. A still from the broadcast is seen above
Activity on the board was so intense that a moderate locked a thread about the video late on Thursday, according to TechCrunch.
The mod posted a statement reading: 'Sorry guys but we're locking the thread out of necessity here. The video stays up until someone censors us.
'This video is being scrubbed from major social media platforms but hopefully Reddit believes in letting you decide for yourself whether or not you want to see unfiltered reality.
'Regardless of what you believe, this is an objective look into a terrible incident like this. Remember to love each other.'
After watching the video, many returned to the forum to express their regret at having seen it, and caution others against watching the extremely graphic footage.
Users of the subreddit continued to trade links to download the video until the board was permanently banned sometime on Friday.
'We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit,' a Reddit spokesperson told TechCrunch. 'Subreddits that fail to