US wants Explanation Facebook, YouTube and Twitter after Attack New Zealand
The chairman of a committee of the American House of Representatives called Facebook, YouTube and Twitter representatives to account after social media images of the attack on mosques in New Zealand were spread. Microsoft has also been asked for an explanation.
This is apparent from a letter sent on Monday that was made public by the US Homeland Security Commission on Tuesday.
The attack on mosques in New Zealand was broadcast live via Facebook. The images were then distributed on social media Twitter, YouTube and Reddit, among others. Fifty people died in the attack.
The videos were widely visible on social media for hours before the platforms took measures to take them offline.
At least 300,000 videos were taken offline on Facebook within 24 hours. Some 1.2 million videos were also stopped before they were uploaded.
A Facebook spokesperson said the House of Representatives committee quickly provided a substantive statement. Google, Twitter and Microsoft have not yet responded to the letter.
Proponents of freedom of expression warn that politicians should not take action too quickly as a result of the distribution of the images. They fear that policies can also ensure that vulnerable users, such as people who raise police violence, are silenced.