Buffalo livestream reach ‘can’t even compare’ to Christchurch attack

The broadcast of live video of yesterday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, was “not even comparable” to the reach of the live stream posted by the March 15 terrorist in 2019.

Anjum Rahman, who is co-chairman of the Christchurch Call advisory network, said the broadcast of content related to the Buffalo attack was “definitely better” than the March 15 video which was viewed four million times in the hours that it took to remove it. .

There were thousands of interactions on Facebook and Twitter, which were “not even comparable” to the viewings of attack material from Christchurch.

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Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced Monday morning that the video and manifesto of a white supremacist shooting more than a dozen mostly black people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, had been banned.

“This sequence celebrates the killing of innocent people going about their business, shopping.”

After receiving and reviewing a copy of the live stream on Monday, Ablett-Hampson said the 6-minute, 52-second video of the attack had been provisionally classified as objectionable under the Classification Act of 1993. films, videos and publications – the same thing. approach was taken for the killer’s written manifesto on Sunday.

The video has reached the “objectionable threshold”.

“There is no merit to this, and it is sadly shared by people who support the killer’s actions.”

As with the manifesto, he urged New Zealanders not to search for the video, and it would be an offense to possess or distribute them.

Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson urged New Zealanders not to search for the killer's video or manifesto.

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Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson urged New Zealanders not to search for the killer’s video or manifesto.

In the print, banned yesterday, killer Payton Gendron, 18, says the March 15 Mosque terrorist inspired him to take action.

The document outlines his racist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Semitic beliefs, including his desire to drive all non-Europeans out of the United States.

Gendron shot four people outside the store, three of them fatally, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said.

Inside the store, a security guard who was a retired Buffalo police officer fired several shots, but a bullet that hit the shooter’s body armor had no effect.

The shooter then killed the guard, the commissioner said, then walked through the store shooting other victims.

Anjum Rahman, from the Aotearoa Tahono Inclusive Collective and the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand, spoke at the 2021 Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism held at Christchurch Town Hall.

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Anjum Rahman, from the Aotearoa Tahono Inclusive Collective and the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand, spoke at the 2021 Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism held at Christchurch Town Hall.

The Global Internet Forum to Combat Terrorism (GIFCT), which had been bolstered since the Christchurch attack through collaboration between countries and companies, quickly enabled hashed signatures to identify when the attack appeared. in line.

But Rahman worried that if content was flagged for platforms to remove, GIFCT had no power to compel those platforms to do so.

“We need to start seeing some international consistency…that protects legal rights, but also provides a way to deal with this stuff when it happens to make sure it doesn’t go viral.”

Questions had to be asked about how the platforms planned to prevent sharing of content like this in the first place.

Twitch was a product of Amazon, which was a member of GIFCT, so she wanted to know what it was doing to prevent the platform from being used in this way.

She thought the shooter used Twitch “for a reason”, so it was important to know why

There might be a case for some platforms accepting content that shared snippets of the manifesto to show why it was wrong, for example, but “where do you draw the line?”

There have been long-term impacts from the availability of terrorist material online, she said.

“These people are there, the question is how do we deal with it and what do we do about it.”

It was not enough to remove the content, and more work was needed to find out why and how they were radicalized in the first place.

“It’s about protecting communities from online youth violence and radicalization.”

His organization, Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono, was trying to achieve this by investing in a cohesive society.

Masjid An Nur's Imam Gamal Fouda says social media companies need to do more to prevent people from using them as a platform to spread hate.

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Masjid An Nur’s Imam Gamal Fouda says social media companies need to do more to prevent people from using them as a platform to spread hate.

The imam of the An-Nur (Al Noor) Mosque in Christchurch – where 43 people were killed in the 2019 terror attack – has called on social media companies to do more to stop people spreading hate in line.

Gendron released a racist 180-page manifesto that heavily referenced the March 15 attack and, like the Christchurch terrorist, attempted to livestream the killings.

Fouda said he was “very saddened by the shocking news”.

Family and friends of those killed in the Christchurch terror attack had gathered to remember their loved ones by unveiling a rock of peace in Harrington Park in Christchurch when news of the ‘heinous’ attack in Buffalo broke start.

“The far-right terrorist responsible for the attack drew inspiration from the March 15 terrorist attack to shape his acts of violence,” he said.

“It sends a strong message to all of us that we should care more about each other and work together to tackle the problem of racism in our society,” Fouda said.

“Social media companies need to stop people using them as a platform to spread hate.”

A Whānau Trust spokesman on March 15 said he was sorry to hear of the Buffalo shooting and sent his condolences to everyone affected.

“We are even more saddened to learn that the striker made reference to March 15,” the spokesperson said.

The unveiled Peace Rock includes a poem by Sirwan Mohamadi, titled Peace, Love and Unity, to remember and inspire hope for a united future.

Fifty-one people were killed in the March 15, 2019 Christchurch terrorist attacks at the An-Nur and Linwood mosques. The lone gunman is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Family and friends of those killed in the Christchurch terror attack were at a Peace Rock unveiling when reports of the Buffalo shooting began.

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Family and friends of those killed in the Christchurch terror attack were at a Peace Rock unveiling when reports of the Buffalo shooting began.

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