to extend control over what people are allowed to hear and see.
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.
Ardern then announced that the government would consider further policing social media, saying,
“We will look at the role that social media played and what steps we
can take, including on the international stage and in unison with our
And places like Fecesbook and Twatter couldn't wait to fall into line. For the public good, of course.