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Facebook Told to Face Up to Extremism After New Zealand Attack

  • New Zealand, Australia ramping up pressure post-Christchurch
  • Media report that banks are pulling advertising from platforms
Bloomberg business news
Ardern says she will change gun laws, and will raise the issue of livestreaming the outrage directly with Facebook.(Source: Bloomberg)

Pressure is building on Facebook Inc. and other social media platforms to stop hosting extremist propaganda including terrorist events, after Friday’s deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand were live-streamed.

Australia’s prime minister has urged the Group of 20 nations to use a meeting in June to discuss a crack down, while New Zealand media reported the nation’s biggest banks have pulled their advertising from Facebook and Google.