Social media is used to promote violence
Sites aired terror in New Zealand
Friday’s slaughter in two New Zealand mosques, like mass shootings before it, had its seeds in one of the darkest corners of the internet, a chat room where anonymous people appeared to talk openly about the attack before, during and after it happened.
But technology played a more visible – and arguably more troubling – role in publicizing the violence itself and, by extension, the hate-filled ideology behind it.
And yet again, the biggest players in America’s rich, massive and sophisticated technology industry – YouTube, Twitter and Facebook – failed to rapidly quell this spread as it metastasized across platforms, bringing horrific images to internet users in a worldwide, dystopian video loop. The alleged shooter also released a manifesto denouncing Muslims and immigrants, police
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