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Ardern responds to Facebook's claim terrorist attack video wasn't gruesome enough to be picked up by algorithm

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has responded to Facebook saying the Christchurch terrorist attack livestream wasn’t gruesome enough to be picked up by its algorithm, saying "we need change".

Her comments come after Brian Fishman, Facebook's policy director for counter-terrorism, recently spoke to US Congress about why the livestream wasn't immediately removed.

According to the Daily Beast on March 27 Mr Fishman said there "wasn't enough gore" in the livestream to alert Facebook's algorithms to objectionable content.

Ms Ardern was asked by media about this report today.

"All this does is further serve as a reminder of why we need change in this area.

"I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would say that that video didn’t need to be removed immediately, that the fact it’s being shared so extensively is hugely damaging.

"This is why there needs to be a collaborative approach to dealing with these issues, including the platforms," Ms Ardern said.

Last week Ms Ardern told TVNZ1's Breakfast she had taken an interest in social media issues since the massacre.

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The PM told TVNZ1’s Breakfast today she had taken an interest in the issue since the Christchurch terrorist attacks. Source: Breakfast

"I do think New Zealand has a role to play but I'm just working on what that looks like because this needs to be meaningful - we've got to learn lessons from this," she said. "Domestic law can only take us so far."

Ms Ardern said she has had conversations with global leaders on the issue, and also hasn't ruled out the possibility of sitting down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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The Prime Minister said "we need change" and says she thinks most people would agree with her. Source: 1 NEWS