So­cial me­dia is used to pro­mote vi­o­lence

Sites aired ter­ror in New Zea­land

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By Hamza Sha­ban, Craig Tim­berg, Drew Har­well and An­drew Ba Tran WASH­ING­TON POST

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

New Zea­land on Page A6

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