I haven't seen any posts regarding the atrocity in Christchurch and I just wanted to ask a question about social media's role.
Is it fair to blame social media giants for giving the offender a platform for his crime? What are the boundaries that they are expected to police?
Traditional media tell social media giants that they should act faster or do more to prevent crimes becoming viral. If that is fair, should car manufacturers be blamed if someone uses a car to commit a crime? Should the government be blamed if that criminal drives the car on federally funded freeways?
It seems like a difficult question if we accept that social media exist as platforms for information.
As an example, footage of JFK being assassinated is freely available. Why is that different?
For the record, what happened in Christchurch is a tragedy and I believe social media should do everything they can to contain it.