New Zealand will invest 17 million New Zealand dollars (9.7 million euros) in the next four years in quickly detecting and removing online extremism, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday. The investment follows after the attacks in Christchurch in March, where 51 people died.
The perpetrator of the attack broadcast his images live on Facebook, after which the images were also shared on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitch. An online manifesto, reportedly from the shooter, was also shared on Twitter and 8chan.
The money is used for, among other things, forensic work, the gathering of information and to double the preventive work on online extremism, Ardern said during a press conference.
A new department of the Ministry of the Interior is being created for this. The team of seventeen people will work closely with foreign countries to proactively investigate and prosecute online violations.
Images and documents of multiple attacks shared online
The attack in New Zealand is not the only one of which images appeared online or documents were shared this year.
Manifestations from the perpetrators of the shootings in the US states of California in April and Texas in August reported the Christchurch attack as a source of inspiration. The documents are said to be shared on 8chan.
On Wednesday an anti-Semitic man in the German town of Halle shot two people. He broadcasted images of his act live via the streaming service Twitch. He would also have shared a document online. It contained anti-Semitic texts and photos of weapons that would have been used in the shooting.