Tech giants condemned for hosting mosque shooter's livestream

by Vomle Springford / 19 March, 2019
facebook christchurch shooting video

Social media platforms are under fire for allowing the Christchurch shooter's livestream to be distributed.

Facebook, Google and other tech platforms are being condemned for hosting the Christchurch shooter's video.

Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the Cambridge Analytica scandal, told Radio NZ's Morning Report Facebook and Google were inciting violence by allowing the video to be live-streamed. 

Facebook has since removed 1.5 million videos of the attacks, which the gunman live-streamed but many more videos still exist online.

Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand made a statement on Twitter saying:

"Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video. We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware."

Many New Zealanders have called for Facebook to shut down their livestream service, including major companies who have pulled advertising from the social media platform.


Former CEO of Facebook Australia & NZ Stephen Scheeler said Facebook could "turn off live-streaming tomorrow if they wanted to" and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would push for a global crackdown on social media at the upcoming G20 summit.

Cadwalladr told Radio NZ Facebook was responsible for distributing the disturbing video around the world. 

"I personally believe they are responsible for criminal content here – Facebook and Google – because it's an incitement of violence. We know these videos encourage others to violence, just as we know that the gunman in this case was encouraged by [Anders] Breivik in Norway."

She believes they should have turned off all uploads if they could not control what was going out on the platform, and she urged the New Zealand government to hold the tech platforms to account like Germany has done.

Germany passed a law in 2017 to fine Facebook for failing to remove hate speech or content that incites terrorism within 24 hours. 

Videos of the shooting have been edited and re-distributed and are still being shared online despite Facebook's actions.

A Department of Internal Affairs spokesperson says people who share the video of the shooting are likely to be committing an offence and to report videos.

“If you see this video or any objectionable material online, you can help take it down by reporting the incident to the online platform it is hosted by. All social media platforms have a complaints function you can follow.

“We are aware that people may have unsuspectingly viewed the video on social media platforms thinking it is a media article, so please be vigilant of images that yourself and those around you are viewing, particularly our young people.”

If you or someone you know has viewed the video and are struggling with what you have seen please see 1737 ‘Need to talk’ or free call or text 1737.

If you are concerned that something you have seen may be objectionable, contact the Censorship team.

Donate to the Christchurch victim's fund here.

Latest

The drama and the trauma behind NZ musician Shayne Carter's rise to the top
107207 2019-06-15 00:00:00Z Music

The drama and the trauma behind NZ musician Shayne…

by Mike White

Shayne Carter’s career has been wild and acclaimed. But his just-released memoir reveals the drama and trauma going on behind the scenes.

Read more
Rare photos of the Straitjacket Fits by Brian Murphy
The Handmaid's Tale is so chilling, you risk hypothermia
107150 2019-06-15 00:00:00Z Television

The Handmaid's Tale is so chilling, you risk hypot…

by Diana Wichtel

Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale packs a punch, despite some implausible scenes, writes Diana Wichtel.

Read more
Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused pleads not guilty to all charges
107204 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Crime

Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused pleads not gu…

by Anneke Smith

The man accused of the Christchurch terror attacks has pleaded not guilty to all the charges laid against him.

Read more
One thing is certain: Political biffo is unavoidable in NZ Parliament
107183 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Politics

One thing is certain: Political biffo is unavoidab…

by Bevan Rapson

Despite overdue efforts to improve Parliament's culture, political biffo will always be with us.

Read more
The sweeping proposal to lower speed limits is on the skids – it's a good thing
107144 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Social issues

The sweeping proposal to lower speed limits is on…

by The Listener

Transport officials’ enthusiasm for a sweeping lowering of speed limits looks set to go the way of the once-proposed ban on cats in dairies.

Read more
Are New Zealand's intelligence agencies watching the right people?
107185 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Social issues

Are New Zealand's intelligence agencies watching t…

by Phil Pennington

New Zealanders who feel they've done nothing wrong have found themselves under surveillance by the state and say they've been left nervous.

Read more
Never Look Away: A flawed masterpiece about life in WWII-era Germany
107122 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Movies

Never Look Away: A flawed masterpiece about life i…

by James Robins

Epic drama captures an artist navigating the upheavals of Nazi and post-war Germany.

Read more