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The digital detectives determined to get rid of shooting video

If you’re sharing or spreading footage of the Christchurch attack, there is a small team of digital detectives on your case.

A modest New Zealand government department of about 30 people is on a mission to rid the internet of the horrific footage and even jail those intent on circulating it.

Days after the terror attack, as tech giants woefully scrambled to pull down clips of the live-streamed massacre, New Zealand’s censors leaped into action.
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The country’s chief censor, David Shanks, classified the 17-minute video as “objectionable” meaning it was completely banned. The classification raised the prospect of a fine of up to $10,000 or up to 14 years’ jail for anyone who actively circulates the clip. Local authorities have called on companies like Facebook to hand over the names of those caught sharing.

The small unit in the Department of Internal Affairs of about 30 people is tasked with tracking down offenders who share objectionable content. And arrests have already been made.

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