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New Zealand operators block sites with video of attack

Three phone operators in New Zealand have completely blocked access to anonymous forums, video sharing services and even file hosting in response to last week’s attacks in the city of Christchurch. The platforms ended revoked DNS-level access after requests for removal of the video from the attacks were not met.

The trio of the country’s largest telecoms, consisting of Vodafone, Spark, and Vocus, are participating in the blockade. According to information, access to sites such as 4chan, 8chan, LiveLeak, Mega, among others was prevented both from domestic and mobile connections in a decision that would have been taken voluntarily, without any official request from the government. When they try to access the services, users notice a message that the URL has been blocked for security reasons.

Spark’s director Simon Moutter was one of the few executives to comment on the blockades. According to him, a team is in place to identify services that own the material. If it is found, a lock is made to the page and a removal notification is issued, with the blocking of the whole site being carried out later if it is not answered.

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The impediment should not be permanent but serves as a measure of local companies to prevent the proliferation of images of the attack, at the request of the authorities and in respect to the families of the victims. Similar work is being done by other platforms and social networks with Facebook, claiming to have removed 1.5 million reproductions of the scenes from the attack only within the first 24 hours after its execution.

50 people were killed and at least 20 wounded in two attacks on mosques held last Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand. The first of the attacks was transmitted live by the shooter himself through Facebook. He was arrested and indicted for manslaughter.

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