Brenton Tarrant

Tech & Terrorism: Christchurch Shooter Expected To Receive Life Sentence

Brenton Tarrant, the notorious Australian white supremacist who carried out the 2019 Christchurch mosque terror attacks that killed 51 people in New Zealand, is expected to be sentenced to life in prison later this month—the first life sentence to ever be handed down in the nation’s modern history. Tarrant livestreamed his attack on Facebook before it spread to other sites on the Internet. Video of the attack was reuploaded millions of times across the entire Internet. On Facebook alone, it was reuploaded 1.5 million times.

Christchurch Terrorist Video Remains Online

The tragic murder of 51 people at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand one year ago shocked the world. The gunman livestreamed his attack on Facebook—the video of which continues to be re-uploaded across the Internet. Sadly, the Christchurch video remains a case study of how sites and platforms continue to be misused by extremists, especially when tech companies fail to take the steps necessary to prevent the hosting or broadcasting of extremist content.