UK: Man arrested for “malicious” social media post about New Zealand shootings

This man was apparently arrested for “making reference and support for the terrible events.” Approving of a massacre is disgusting, and if he was calling for or approving of violence then there is no justification for that. At the same time, this report says: “Social media firms and some news outlets have been criticised for sharing livestream footage of the attack and failing to address far-right extremism on their platforms.”

Calling for or justifying a massacre of innocent people is one thing. But that “failing to address far-right extremism on their platforms” is quite another. For years now, Leftists and Islamic supremacists have insisted that opposing jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women and others constitutes “far-right extremism.” So it is likely that those who will be shut down will not be limited solely to people such as this “24-year-old from Oldham” who was “making reference and support for the terrible events.” It will include foes of jihad terror.

“Christchurch shootings: Arrest over ‘malicious’ social media post,” BBC, March 16, 2019 (thanks to Lookmann):

A man has been arrested in the UK on suspicion of making a malicious social media post about the attacks that killed 49 people at mosques in New Zealand.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the post was “making reference and support for the terrible events”.

The arrested man is a 24-year old from Oldham.

GMP said where “people cross the line, we will take robust action, which may include arrest and prosecution”.

The force said: “This is a very difficult time for people. The events in New Zealand have reverberated around the world.

“Many people are in deep shock and are worried. It is at times like this that, as a community, we stand together.”

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian who described himself as a white supremacist, has been charged following the attacks during Friday prayers.

Social media firms and some news outlets have been criticised for sharing livestream footage of the attack and failing to address far-right extremism on their platforms….

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