New Zealand criticizes Facebook's handling of mosque attack footage

Author: Grace Dobush, Fortune, Published on: 19 March 2019

New Zealand is exerting pressure on Facebook following the live-streaming of Friday’s deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch. “We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “They are the publisher, not just the postman. There cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility.”... A total of 50 people died in the attacks in Christchurch, which were documented in a 17-minute Facebook Live video from the shooter. New Zealand police have charged 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant with murder, while an unnamed 18-year-old man has been charged with inciting violence by distributing footage of the attack... 

Facebook has released further details about how far the live-streamed video of the attack spread and what steps the company is taking to prevent more harm. “We have been working directly with the New Zealand Police to respond to the attack and support their investigation,” said Facebook VP and Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby, noting that some information cannot be released amid the active investigation... Facebook reported Sunday that it had removed 1.5 million videos of the mosque shooting from its servers in the 24 hours following the attack, many of those at the upload stage. Despite this multiple New Zealand businesses said they would be pulling their ad dollars from Facebook, accusing the social network of not doing enough to combat hate. [also refers to Google, Microsoft, Twitter]

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