WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday named a Supreme Court judge to lead an inquiry into the massacre last month of 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques, reports AFP.
“The government will ensure no stone is left unturned as we examine as quickly as possible how the March 15 attack happened, what could have been done to stop it and how we can keep New Zealanders safe,” Ardern said.The Royal Commission probe, the most powerful judicial inquiry available under New Zealand law, will be led by Supreme Court Judge William Young and report its findings by December 10, she said.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder over the mosque attacks in the southern city.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s privacy regulator on Monday accused Facebook of failing to cooperate on tackling livestreaming in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre, saying founder Mark Zuckerberg was “disingenuous” about its systems, reports AFP.
The gunman livestreamed his rampage at two mosques on March 15 on Facebook, with the footage proliferating widely online despite the platform saying it “quickly” removed the footage.
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said Zuckerberg was “disingenuous” in saying bad actors were going out of their way to circumvent Facebook’s systems.
“They actually didn’t have any systems to detect the events in Christchurch,” Edwards to Radio New Zealand, adding that a delay on livestreaming would be a good interim measure.“It is a technology that is capable of causing great harm... He (Zuckerberg) can’t actually tell us, or won’t tell us, how many suicides are livestreamed, how many murders, how many sexual assaults.
“In fact I’ve asked Facebook exactly that last week and they simply don’t have those figures or won’t give them to us.”
Zuckerberg said last week that a delay on live feeds was not on the cards despite pressure on the US firm to crack down on the sharing of violent video or images.