New Zealand official calls Facebook “morally bankrupt pathological liars”

New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner has labelled Facebook as “morally bankrupt pathological liars” after its response to the Christchurch terrorist attack last month.

“Facebook cannot be trusted. They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), and facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions,” John Edwards said in Tweet on Sunday (April.7th).

“[They] allow the live-streaming of suicides, rapes, and murders, continue to host and publish the mosque attack video, allow advertisers to target ‘Jew haters’ and other hateful market segments, and refuse to accept any responsibility for any content or harm.” Edwards wrote. “They #DontGiveAZuck.”

Live-streaming content

Edward’s comments follow an ABC News interview that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, gave last week, in which he dismissed calls to introduce a delay on Facebook live-streaming content.

“Most people are live streaming, you know, a birthday party or hanging out with friends when they can’t be together,” Zuckerberg told ABC News, adding that a would break the flow of communication between live-streamers and their audience.

Christchurch attack

It took around 29 minutes for live footage to be flagged, and although it only had around 200 viewers, more than a million copies were taken down by Facebook within the first 24 hours after the attack.

Edwards said that, while social media firms need to take greater responsibility for the content they post, New Zealand also needs to introduce a law that regulates social media companies like Facebook – in the same way that Australia had done after the Christchurch attack.

“Maybe a delay on live-streaming would be a good thing as an interim measure until they can sort out their AI,” Edwards told Radio NZ on Monday (April.8th).

“Maybe they just need to turn it off altogether… It’s a technology that is capable of causing great harm.”

New laws

Social media executives, whose websites broadcast violent attacks, could face large fines or imprisonment under new laws introduced by Australia’s government.

UK lawmakers have also approved plans for new laws to make social media firms more accountable for the content that’s published on their platforms.

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