The people who have been wishing we had a president who is more like New Zealand’s prime minister must be into authoritarianism. The broad is downright scary:
In the wake of the attacks, the prime minister promised to keep the murderer “nameless,” and the internet promptly obliged by flushing the perpetrator’s identity down the memory hole. New Zealanders’ access to online material about him was blocked. In what has become standing operating procedure after mass attacks, social media accounts connected to the perpetrator disappeared. Internet service providers in New Zealand blocked access to sites like 4chan, 8chan, LiveLeak, and the file-sharing site Mega if the sites did not take down material related to the shooting.
This is worse than what Putin ever did in the aftermath of any terror attack or even state-sponsored murder.
The inane suggestions that this will somehow prevent similar crimes make no sense. What’s next, banning shooter video games because they “promote violence”? Violence comes from inside people, not from online material. The internet doesn’t “radicalize” anybody. Have you heard about Stalinism? Hitler Germany? The Khmer Rouge? Peter the Great, who slaughtered 20% of his country’s population? The Aztecs? How much time did they spend on 4chan?
This is all a dumb excuse for instituting censorship.