WELLINGTON: International media reported that several major brands in New Zealand have appeared to withdrawn their advertisements from social sites including Google and Facebook, or they are directed to do so, owing to the live streaming of the mass massacre in 2 mosques at Christchurch last Friday that left 50 people dead inside the mosques.
ASB Bank, ANZ Bank, TSB, Westpac, Kiwi bank, BNZ, Burger King and Lotto NZ are among those who have pulled ads or are considering doing so.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been fiercely critical in the wake of the attacks.
She told parliament “We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published.”
“They are the publisher, not just the postman. There cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility,” she asserted.
As Mark Zuckerberg also wrote in a recent blog, “People’s private communications should be secure. End-to-end encryption prevents anyone – including us – from seeing what people share on our services.”