0 Have your say Those scrutinising social media companies’s complicity in the Christchurch terror attacks are asking the wrong questions, writes Martyn McLaughlin. The use of social media to disseminate the harrowing footage of the terror attacks in New Zealand and the abhorrent ideology of its perpetrator reveals two things. Firstly, as has long been clear, Big Tech lacks not just the capability, but the will to police its own ecosystems. Secondly, and even more problematically, our hopeless response to this passive incompetence focuses on the symptons instead of the disease.The atrocity in Christchurch was explicitly designed to exploit the daily diet of search-engine-optimised content that feeds our viral media culture – a hamster’s wheel powered by fury which spins ever faster, destined for nowhere. The slaughter, broadcast live on Facebook, was supplemented with a ghoulish white supremacist manifesto that had been uploaded to social media channels in the knowledge it would spread like a cancer.It did. Of course it did. Why should performative mass murder be any different to unboxing or ASMR videos? In the clickable, sharable realm, it was planned as a content package. “Terrorism is theatre,” Brian Jenkins famously declared back in 1974. Nowadays, the acts are… Read full this story
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