New Zealand recently was in the headlines all over the globe. Due the deadliest shooting in the history of the country. 28-Year old Brenton Tarrant entered the Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch and used a camera mounted on a helmet. To broadcast his rampage as he proceeded to kill 50 victims. Dozens were left injured as a result of his attack.
This horrifying live stream was of about 17 minutes. And was broadcasted on Facebook. It has now been revealed by the New Zealand Prime Minster that her office had received an anti-immigrant manifesto. Minutes before the actual attack, her office was one of 30 other recipients.
As stated by Jacinda Ardern, the email did not contain any details regarding location etc. whatsoever.
Brenton Tarrant in court
Brenton Tarrant appeared in court, showing absolutely no emotion and was charged with murder. The Australian national entered court whilst flashing a white-power hand signal and showed absolutely no remorse.
Police alerted Facebook shortly after the stream went live and the Facebook team proceeded instantly to remove all instances of the video from both Facebook and Instagram account. It has been estimated that roughly 1.5 million videos have been removed during the first 24 hours.
The Police were also very respectful of the traditions and practices of the Muslim burial ceremonies. And rushed to get the deceased back to their families. As soon as possible so that ceremonies can commence. The police compiled a list of the deceased to give some element of certainty. To the panicking relatives who were rushing to the Mosque to inquire about their loved ones.
This however has raised certain new questions about the dissemination of hate speech and violence through social media platforms. The New Zealand prime minister announced during a news conference on Sunday. That she was contacted by Sheryl Sandberg, the operations chief at Facebook. Who expressed condolences over the shootings.
Facebook New Zealand has stated that they will continue to work tirelessly to remove content pertaining to this incident. Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand has stated “Out of respect for the people affected by this tragedy and the concerns of local authorities. We’re also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content.”
A total of 36 victims were still hospitalized over the weekend, whilst two individuals remain in critical condition. For the city, this was the worst toll of death and injury since an earthquake back in 2011. That killed 185 people. This hate fueled attack to some, is an even more devastating blow.