Simon Wiesenthal Center to Bezos, Zuckerberg: Eliminate Live Streaming Now or Governments Will
October 9, 2019
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights agency and trailblazer in combatting online hate and terrorism is urging Internet giants Amazon and Facebook to immediately eliminate “live” streaming. This, in the wake of the Yom Kippur attack on a German synagogue which was broadcast live on Amazon and the deadly Mosque mass shootings in New Zealand broadcast on Facebook earlier this year.
“Terrorism and hate attacks are now featuring “live streaming” as a key part of their strategies to spread fear and recruit followers,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper the Wiesenthal’s Center Associate Dean and Director of its Global Social Action Agenda.
“That the world’s most powerful social media platforms, along with Twitter and others allow for the hijacking of services by terrorists and bigots is intolerable. What else needs to happen before these powerful marketing services institute time-delay and other technical means to stop this burgeoning deadly social media activity?” Cooper added.
Rabbi Cooper, who founded the Center’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project over a quarter of a century ago concluded, “Clearly whatever protocols - if any - are in place, these giants who are an integral part of the daily life of billions of people, must address this challenge or Washington and other governments will.”
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