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Pinoys in New Zealand advised to stay indoors after mass shooting

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2019

A video captures the gunman executing people inside a mosque.

Filipinos are urged to stay indoors following the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Embassy in Wellington said they are currently monitoring the situation and has advised over 5,000 Filipinos in New Zealand to remain indoors.

The DFA also sends its support to New Zealand.

“The Philippines stands in solidarity with New Zealand following the tragic shootings in Christchurch this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives in the tragedy,” the DFA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Police continue to respond to the incident and has confirmed a number of fatalities. They are also in custody of four individuals involved in the incident.

During a press conference, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”—Aileen Cerrudo

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World leaders, tech CEOs meet ahead of summit against online extremism

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

World leaders and executives of large tech companies gathered in Paris on Wednesday (May 15) for discussions aimed at curbing online violence in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand.

On Tuesday (May 14), Facebook announced steps to temporarily block users who break its rules from broadcasting live video. The tweaks to Facebook’s rules came as the White House snubbed other world leaders, who met with tech companies in Paris to back a call by New Zealand’s prime minister for stronger measures against social media hate speech.

Silicon Valley tech giants expressed their support for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s so-called “Christchurch Call,” named for the city where the gunman attacked two mosques on March 15 and broadcast his killings live.

But Washington declined to send a delegation to the meeting hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. The White House said it would not endorse Ardern’s initiative, although it supported the broader aims.

Macron hosted Ardern, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and other leaders on Wednesday to support Ardern’s initiative.

Signatories would “encourage media outlets to apply ethical standards when depicting terrorist events online, to avoid amplifying terrorist and violent extremist content,” although the initiative is non-binding, light on details leaves countries and companies to decide how to apply guidelines.

Countries including Australia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, India and Sweden said they backed it, as did U.S. tech giants Microsoft, Alphabet’s Google and its video platform YouTube and Amazon.

But the White House said in a statement the United States was “not currently in a position to join the endorsement,” although it added: “we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the call”. (REUTERS)

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Facebook to apply new live-streaming rules after Christchurch shooting

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

A screenshot of the footage from the Christchurch attack | Courtesy : Reuters

Facebook is set to apply new live-streaming rules after the New Zealand shooting.

According to the social media platform on Tuesday (May 14), they will implement a ‘one-strike policy’ for users who violate community standards.

“We will now apply a ‘one strike’ policy to Live in connection with a broader range of offenses,” their statement reads.

Violators will have to be restricted from using Facebook Live for set period of time.

“Someone who shares a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time,” the statement further reads.

Facebook aims to minimize the risk of abuse on Facebook Live while enabling people to use Live in a positive way every day.

Meanwhile, Facebook will also strengthen their systems to detect manipulated media across images, video and audio as well as to distinguish between unwitting posters and adversaries who intentionally manipulate videos and photographs.

“This work will be critical for our broader efforts against manipulated media, including deepfakes (videos intentionally manipulated to depict events that never occurred). We hope it will also help us to more effectively fight organized bad actors who try to outwit our systems as we saw happen after the Christchurch attack,” Facebook said.

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New Zealand mass shooting suspect appears in court

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Suspect in Christchurch shootings during court appearance | Image grabbed from a Reuter’s video footage

The primary suspect in the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch was charged with one count of murder after killing 49 people and wounding dozens on Friday, March 15.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian citizen, was remanded on Saturday (March 16)without plea until his next appearance in the High Court on April 5.

Tarrant appeared before a New Zealand district court judge, charged with murder. His hands were handcuffed and he was wearing white prison attire. — Reuters

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