Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Facebook told to face up to extremism after New Zealand attack

Facebook told to face up to extremism after New Zealand attack

Addressing parliament on Tuesday for the first time since Friday's mass shooting, in which 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, Ms Ardern described the event as "forever a day etched in our collective memories" but said she would give the perpetrator nothing except "the full force of the law in New Zealand". I want to assure you that the work that we are doing is not directed at you.

"Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh" she said - 'May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you too'.

Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a gun violence-prevention advocacy group, told ABC News that he thought Ardern's actions were "refreshing".

"There's nothing they are offering", the Afghan refugee said outside a family support center.

New Zealand's police chief said on Monday that they are certain there was only one attacker involved in the mass shooting in Christchurch last week.

On Monday evening, more than 1,000 students from rival Christchurch schools and different religions gathered in a park across from the Al Noor mosque, joining voices in a passionate display of unity.

No official list of victims has been released and police said they were "acutely aware of frustrations" at the length of time taken to formally identify bodies.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, was captured by police and has been charged with one count of murder, but Ardern assured parliament other charges would follow.

Bush said he the threat level in New Zealand remained high and New Zealanders would continue to see high vigilance from the police, to ensure everyone in New Zealand feels safe.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has taken Facebook to task for failing to remove graphic vision of the Christchurch shootings from its platforms, despite assurances it would.

"There is nothing worse than returning the wrong body to the wrong family and we find from overseas examples when you try and speed up a process or miss out steps that is exactly what happens and it's not going to happen here", she said.

"Just because Australians are frustrated about traffic jams and population pressures encroaching on their quality of life, especially in this city, does not mean they are anti-migrant or racist", Morrison said during a speech in Melbourne yesterday, warning that the all-important congestion debate should not be "hijacked" by the conversation about racism.

"While identification may seem straightforward the reality is much more complex, particularly in a situation like this", police said in a statement.

"There can not be a case of all profit no responsibility".

"I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters.

But gun control advocacy groups in the US are applauding New Zealand's promise of swift action after the mass shooting.

Her comments came as dozens of relatives of the deceased began arriving from around the world ahead of expected funerals which have already been delayed far beyond the 24 hours after death usually observed under Islamic custom.

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