New Zealand ISPs are blocking sites that do not remove Christchurch shooting video

Following the shooting in Christchurch last week, Internet service providers in New Zealand are blocking access to websites that do not respond or refuse to comply with requests to remove transmissions from the original live broadcast of the website. shooter.

According to Computer sites like 4chan, 8chan, LiveLeak and the Mega file sharing site have been removed by ISPs such as Vodafone, Spark and Vocus. ISPs seem to be blocking access at the DNS level to sites that do not respond to removal requests, but it is not clear how effective the blocks will be. Like most web-level blocks, restrictions are easy to circumvent by using a VPN or alternative DNS configurations.

Meera Kaushik, external communications consultant for Vodaphone in New Zealand, told Bleeping Computer "Where the material is identified, the site is temporarily blocked and the site is notified, requesting that they remove the material" .

Web sites like Facebook and YouTube do not seem to have been eliminated by Internet service providers, but the shooter's videos have been uploaded yet, they are still circulating on those platforms.Over the weekend, Facebook said that had eliminated more than 1.5 million videos of the attack, YouTube said it had eliminated an "unprecedented volume" of videos of the shootings.

Companies are facing new questions about content moderation after the attack. New Zealand: The shooter posted a link to the live broadcast and, shortly after his arrest, reuploads were found on other platforms such as YouTube and Twitter.

Other Networks and platforms such as Sky New Zealand and Valve have also been eliminating the content surrounding the tragedy. . After Sky News Australia aired videos of the shooter's video, Sky New Zealand took its sister air station. Valve has removed more than 100 tributes to the shooter from the profiles of Steam users.

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