Facebook and Youtube Sued

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writer icon Peter Karlsson     Facebook   |   Tech Ethics     🕐 26. Mar. 2019

The French Council of the Muslim Faith, CFCM, has sued Facebook and Youtube for inciting violence after the videos of the recent terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand were featured on both their platforms, according to Reuters

The mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, was live streamed by the attacker for a whole 17 minutes. However, the video clip in question remained up, for people to view, for many more hours afterwards. It could also be viewed on Facebook-owned Instagram, and on Whatsapp.

Facebook for example, had to deal with over 1.5 million new uploads of the video within the first 24 hours after the attack, and 1.2 million of those they claim to have caught "before they made it into users’ newsfeeds" according to The Guardian Australia.

A striking element to this attack in particular, is how aware the shooter seems to have been about his online presence. New York Times reporter Kevin Roose pointed out  “how unmistakably online the violence was and how aware the shooter on the video stream appears to have been about how his act would be viewed and interpreted by distinct internet subcultures. 

Adding that "in some ways, it felt like a first – an internet-native mass shooting, conceived and produced entirely within the irony-soaked discourse of modern extremism.”

Bearing in mind that "the killer had modelled himself on the Norwegian white supremacist Anders Breivik" an understanding of the complicated factors to how social media played an important part of the shooter's agenda, as displayed by New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has also been reported on.

As part of the important debate on what an 'online conscience' entails after the attacks, Abdallah Zekri, president of the French Muslim group's Islamophobia monitoring unit,  made a statement to Reuters that there has been a legal complaint launched against Facebook and Youtube.

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