New Zealand pol calls Facebook execs 'morally bankrupt pathological liars'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says putting a delay on broadcast videos would

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says putting a delay on broadcast videos would"fundamentally break what livestreaming is for

In tweets which have since been deleted, John Edwards - who serves as New Zealand's privacy commissioner - absolutely lambasted the social media platform.

Weeks after the mosque shootings which killed 50 people in New Zealand, a top politician from that country is going after Facebook - which hosted a live stream where the mass murder was broadcast.

"Facebook can not be trusted", wrote Mr. Edwards.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week spoke out for the first time since the attacks, acknowledging that had there been a delay in the live stream of the attacks it "might" have limited the number of views the video received.

Edwards responded to Zuckerberg's recent interview on Twitter.

Despite describing the Christchurch mosque attacks where 50 people were killed as "a really awful event", Facebook is not keen to introduce delays on its livestream feeds. His comments were shared widely on social media before the commissioner chose to take them down, citing the "volume of toxic and misinformed traffic they prompted".

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Heritage Foundation Vice President of national security and foreign policy James Carafano says it is nearly impossible to now remove the video from social media.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company needed to improve its systems so it could identify terror events livestreamed in real time, but delaying broadcasting video would spoil it for the vast majority of users.

It took Facebook nearly 30 minutes to detect the New Zealand gunman's livestream of the massacre, where at least 50 people were killed and dozens more were injured.

In a later interview with RNZ on Monday, Mr. Edwards described Mr. Zuckerberg's comments as "disingenuous", and said the company had refused to tell his office how many murders, suicides and sexual assaults had been broadcast using the platform.

He blamed "bad actors" for the widespread dissemination of the horrific video the mosque massacre in Christchurch video and pushed back against calls to alter Facebook's livestream feature.

"I don't think that Facebook can anymore say "listen we just provide the platform we're not responsible for the content".

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