In March, two Christchurch terrorist attacks resulted in the loss of 51. Almost immediately, the telecommunications Companies and Australian internet providers have started blocking sites that showed videos from the time of the attacks.
Vodafone New Zealand telecommunications company said that totally blocked 43 sites.
To avoid legal complications (due to the exclusion of websites), the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, asked the electronic safety and providers to develop a protocol that will allow sites to be blocked with that content.
The block order applies to 8 sites, after several sites have stopped displaying these video by themselves.
The electronic security officer, Julie Inman Grant, will monitor the sites. If they remove this material, they will be able to function properly again.
According to her, when a site is blocked, the service is monitored.
There is no reason for websites to display such content. These videos are made to humiliate people, terrorize the world, sow hatred and encourage other terrorist acts.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said blocking the sites may not be enough, but it was necessary. Continue saying: "We cannot allow the use of this horrible material, which is intended to cause more violence and terrorist acts".
Blocking sites cannot be considered a universal solution for all web sites threats. However, it is very good that the electronic security officer is able to block sites in extreme situations, such as this one.
The Communications Alliance, spokesman for providers services internet in Australia, has agreed to the exclusion mandate and said it is pleased to have constructive co-operation between industry, government and security services.
Mrs Julie Inman Grant has also ordered to exclude sites containing child abuse material.
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