Last month, Facebook was intensely criticized following a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that was broadcast on the company’s live video platform. Facebook was particularly (and understandably) taken to task in New Zealand for failing to catch and delete the video. And while Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote an open letter to New Zealand users vowing to improve, that still wasn’t enough for some officials.
Last weekend, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards took to Twitter to blast the social media giant for its slow action and profit motives.
“Facebook cannot be trusted. They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide, facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions,”Edwards wrote.
Facebook “allows 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,” he continued.
Edwards has since deleted the posts, but the anger he feels toward the company is perfectly valid. There’s no doubt that Facebook has a tough job to stop the spread of content like this, but the company took on that responsibility in the first place.
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