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Australia blocks access to eight websites featuring New Zealand offensive video


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Australia has ordered internet companies to block access to eight websites still showing a video of the deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand earlier this year.

A man armed with semiautomatic assault rifles attacked Muslims during Friday prayers in Christchurch, southern island of New Zealand, on March 15, and the attacker aired the video on Facebook.

Most websites were quick to delete the videos, but Australia’s Commissioner for Safety, Julie Inman Grant, said on Sunday that eight local websites had ignored their requests to delete the content.

“We cannot allow the use of this heinous material to encourage, incite or direct further terrorist acts”, she said in an e-mailed statement. The blocking of the eight websites comes as Australia focuses its efforts to crack down on violent online content sharing.

Last April, Australia passed a law allowing Canberra to fine social media companies up to 10 percent of their annual global income and jail terms for up to three years if violent content is not quickly removed.

Read also: New Zealand: Sky TV fined for broadcasting “Christchurch massacre#8221;

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