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12:37 pm, September 18th, 2019 - 20 comments
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Simon Bridges is struggling.
The latest evidence is his attacking Jacinda Ardern over the Christchurch Call, designed to address hate speech on social media.
Last week the Herald reported him as saying this:
“Somehow by having a talkfest with Twitter and Facebook and coming up with some pretty nebulous feel-good proposal at the UN, that is going to change the face of terrorism and the abhorrent things that happened in Christchurch. I don’t believe that,” Bridges told reporters this morning.
“Dealing with Twitter and Facebook and all of these companies and making it a main focus of the Prime Minister and the Government is not a priority for New Zealanders. No ifs, no buts.”
He said he was against violent content being posted online, but called the Christchurch Call “a big talkfest in Paris that has achieved nothing” and that was unlikely to prevent another March 15 happening.
“I don’t think it’s something that matters particularly strongly to a whole bunch of New Zealanders who want to see a Government … focused on health, on education, on infrastructure.
“Some guy or girl out in West Auckland or south Auckland or Invercargill, who is struggling to pay their bills, they want to see a Government focused on the stuff that matters to them.”
I almost feel sorry for Simon because this morning Facebook announced major changes, some directly as a result of Ardern’s actions. From Radio New Zealand:
Anyone in New Zealand who looks at extremist content on Facebook will in the future be directed to websites helping people to leave hate groups.
This is one of a raft of changes announced by Facebook, some of which were prompted by the Christchurch Call – a commitment by countries and tech companies to eliminate violent extremist content online – following the mosque attacks.
In May Facebook signed up to the Christchurch Call to Action in Paris, co-chaired by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, and announced restrictions on who can use Facebook Live.
The live tool was what was used by the accused Christchurch gunman at the mosque shootings, which killed 51 people.
Facebook today announced it’s expanding a programme that redirects people to extremism intervention sites in Australia and Indonesia.
“We plan to continue expanding this initiative and we’re consulting partners to further build this program in Australia and explore potential collaborations in New Zealand,” Facebook said in a statement.
“In Australia and Indonesia, when people search for terms associated with hate and extremism, they will be directed to EXIT Australia and ruangngobrol.id respectively. These are local organisations focused on helping individuals leave the direction of violent extremism and terrorism.”
How did Simon Bridges handle this most egregious of self burns? Have a listen. I think that even Hamish Price would have to agree this was one of his worst interviews, and there is a lot of competition.
He seemed to think that Ardern had to get Donald Trump on board to achieve anything. Facebook’s announcement would suggest that this is not true. Bridges’ consistent negativity over everything is not going to persuade people to change allegiances.
Good on Ardern for achieving something of international importance. Shame of Bridges for trying to divide us and suggesting that ordinary New Zealanders are not interested in addressing something that was directly related to the brutal murder of 51 ordinary New Zealanders.