Facebook said to have removed 1.5 million videos of the massacre in a mosque of New Zealand, but critics of the social networks that were not able to prevent the spread widens throughout the world.
Statements of politicians well beyond Oceania, editorials, expert opinion, advertisers considering using the press to remove themselves from Facebook: the signs of discontent are rising after the release easily accessible images of the carnage.
While the killer slaughtered his victims inside the masjid Al Noor of Christchurch, he broadcast live on Facebook Live using apparently a camera strapped to him.
Facebook claims to have removed 1.5 million of these videos in the first 24 hours, “including more than 1.2 million blocked as they are downloaded”, which means that 300,000 were not able to be deleted before it has been downloaded. It is not known how many times they have been viewed.
Despite calls not to share, and the orders initiated by the authorities, the 17-minute spread quickly on the web and still be able to be found easily for several hours after the attack that did 50 dead.
– “Skills is very limited” –
The country’s authorities have done everything possible to clean the canvas, said the prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern. “But in the end, it is these platforms that it is the responsibility of facilitating these withdrawals,” said Ms Adern, alluding to the giants of Silicon Valley. “There are still questions in need of answers. This is a problem that goes well beyond New Zealand”, she added.
According to the newspaper New Zealand Herald, the big companies are thinking to withdraw their advertisements.
“For the moment, I have the impression that my children could fall on +snuff films broadcast live on Facebook, just for that (his boss) Mark Zuckerberg can be enriched a little more,” squeaks its columnist, referring to the films that actually put in the scene of torture, murder, rape…
Facebook has hired 20,000 of the moderators, but critics believe that they are not doing enough.
David Ibsen, executive director of the organization of american Counter Extremism Project, acknowledges: “The technology capable of preventing it is available. The business of social networks have made the decision not to adopt it”.
Leaders, beyond the New Zealand, are beginning to demonstrate a willingness to take things in hand.
The Prime minister of australia Scott Morrison has estimated that the social networks had “cooperated” since the attack of the mosques. “But I regret to say that the actual ability to help the side of these technology companies is very limited.”
Mr. Morrison added that “assurances had been given” about the fact that the content removed may not re-emerge. “It is obvious that this is not the case”, he lamented.
– “Too much is too much” –
“Take a bit of your responsibilities. Too much is too much”, launched the british home secretary Sajid Javid.
Critics have also taken to the media who disseminated the video, such as certain tabloids in the uk.
“For a short time this morning on the website of the Mirror showed images filmed by the attacker to Christchurch and edited. We would not have had to do. This is not consistent with our policy related to videos of terrorist propaganda”, has tweeted his editor.
The Authority of communication and media Australia has launched an investigation after the broadcast of these images by Sky News Australia. The british journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy has estimated that there is “never fallen so low in the traps clicks”.
The AFP has scanned a copy and confirmed its authenticity using a digital tool, but has not distributed to its customers.
“The newsroom, platforms, and the responsible officials should think about how to avoid getting into the game of those whose murderous deeds are designed to get the maximum visibility and to trigger new cycles of violence and radicalization,” commented the expert in social networks and reporter for Buzzfeed Craig Silverman.