Media Call to Ban Attack Footage and Manifesto

NewsBusters | 3/15/2019 | Staff
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Social media outlets raced to remove content in the wake of the New Zealand mosque shooting. In the aftermath, media members criticized the tech companies for their inability to restrict the shooter’s footage and manifesto of the New Zealand Mosque shooting.

Political commentators and journalists condemned tech companies as somehow being complicit with the rise of terrorism. WIRED magazine observed that there is a growing sense that “both YouTube and Facebook have grown too big to moderate.”

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Liberal commentators like Jill Filipovic blasted Silicon Valley tech companies, saying that “Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow white supremacists accounts on their sites, which is exactly how this shooter was able to upload his video. If they took their own rules seriously, they would ban bigots. They choose not to.”

New York Times Opinion Writer Charlie Warzel wrote an piece headlined “The Massacre in New Zealand Was Made to Go Viral” at The New York Times noting that this terror attack “marks a grim new age of social media-fueled terrorism.”

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He remarked on how rapidly the footage of the attack “leapt across the internet faster than social media censors could remove it” calling the footage “a grotesque first-person-shooter-like record of man’s capacity for inhumanity.”

He added that what made this particular attack different from other high profile terrorism “is both the methodical nature in which the massacre was conducted and how it was apparently engineered for maximum virality.”

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“Though platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube scrambled to take down the recording and an accompanying manifesto from the gunman, they were no match for the speed of their users; new artificial-intelligence tools created to scrub such platforms of terrorist content could not defeat human cunning ...”

Ben Collins of NBC News whose beat is covering the rise of “dystopia” tweeted that: “After all of this, I still have hope...
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