The hate-filled terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch claimed around 50 lives. The massacre demonstrated a great problem which plagued the Internet. The suspect made a live video and shared it over Facebook which gained more than 4,000 views before it got removed from the social media. Since then, Facebook has been facing some serious backlash from New Zealand. The community is still under great shock and unable to comprehend what could have prompted these people to commit such a wicked act. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, believes that Facebook should be held accountable as it has failed to prevent these videos from going viral.
“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. They are the publisher, not just the postman. There cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility,” she said.
The saddest part is that Facebook did not take any actions against the violent and extremist content being published until New Zealand asked all the content to be taken down. Different world leaders shared their concerns regarding this serious problem and condemned social media companies for not doing much to stop hate speech from getting spread. Various leaders have asked social media companies to strengthen their policies against online hate so that people may not get exposed to any such extremist content in the future.