‘Morally bankrupt pathological liars’: Facebook slammed by NZ privacy commissioner


"In fact, I've asked Facebook exactly that last week, and they simply don't have those figures or won't give them to us".

John Edwards later removed the tweets, say they had encouraged "toxic and misinformed traffic".

Edwards later told Radio New Zealand that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg "can't tell us or won't tell us, how many suicides are live-streamed, how many murders, how many sexual assaults. They #DontGiveAZuck", Edwards said in a follow-up tweet, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Edwards made his comments in response to an interview last week, in which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg resisted calls to introduce a time delay for his livestreaming service, "Facebook Live", arguing it would interfere with the interactivity of the feature.

In May previous year, Facebook, quietly changed its terms of service to move its NZ users from being under Irish privacy law (which was about to fall under tough new European Union privacy regulations) to lighter United States privacy law.

Christopher Sidoti, a member of a United Nations investigators who believe Facebook is not doing enough to tamp down social media posts that promote hatred of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Edwards says its NZ operation should fall under NZ law.

He said it was a global problem and it would be very hard for New Zealand to act alone to do something about it. The events that were livestreamed in Christchurch could happen anywhere in the world.

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Students display the New Zealand national flag next to flowers during a vigil in Christchurch on March 18, three days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers.

"It may be that regulating - as Australia has done just in the last week - could be a good interim way to get their attention".

Internet providers and tech giants like Facebook and Google will be compelled to remove violent content in a sweeping new law passed in Australia last week.

Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to police hate speech in Myanmar, where a government campaign against minority Rohinyga Muslims has been described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing. He also said Facebook helped undermine democratic institutions. "Most people are livestreaming, you know, a birthday party or hanging out with friends when they can't be together".

The report also estimated that 0.23 to 0.27 percent of content views were of content that violated Facebook's standards for graphic violence between July and September 2018. "In other words, of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 23 to 27 contained graphic violence".

Facebook responded to Edward's post with a statement that said its chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, had recently shared the policy and technical steps the company was taking to strengthen the rules for using Facebook Live, address hate on Facebook platforms and support the New Zealand community.