The mass shooting in New Zealand was designed to spread on social media

The mass shooting in New Zealand was designed to spread on social media

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The horrific shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand was designed from the start to get attention — leveraging social media to make sure as many people as possible would hear about the deaths and the hate underpinning them. Officials have reported a “significant” number of people dead from attacks at two mosques. Several people have been arrested so far. New Zealand police have told people to avoid mosques, and told mosques to “ shut their doors .” A 17-minute video that seemed to show the shooting was posted to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. A post on 8chan, a messageboard , included links to a manifesto and a Facebook page where the poster said a livestream of the attack would be broadcast. Facebook has removed the page and the video, but the video had already traveled. The New Zealand massacre was livestreamed on Facebook, announced on 8chan, reposted on YouTube, commentated about on Reddit, and mirrored around the world before the tech companies could even react. — Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) March 15, 2019 Both the video and the manifesto are designed to maximize attention. Early in the video, the shooter says “Remember, lads, subscribe to Pewdiepie,” a reference to popular YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, who has a history of promoting anti-Semitism . Kjellberg’s channel has the most subscribers on YouTube, at 89 million, and he has been attempting to recruit more so that he won’t be overtaken by another YouTuber, T-Series […]

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