March 20, 2019
Social media flagged as white extremist trigger
Greens co-leader says there are disturbing echoes between last week's attack on him and the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Mr Shaw was hit in the face in Wellington's Botanic Gardens by a man who got out of a van .
He says while it was in no way on the scale of Friday's horror, his alleged assailant was saying things about the United Nations.
"So that's sort of what I'm referring to by the context and the Prime Minister talked yesterday about the big social media platforms like Youtube and Facebook and Twitter and so on, they can be and are being used to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories that susceptible people are picking up on," Mr Shaw says.
He says the sharing of conspiracy theories is driving the growth of white nationalist movements and extreme ideologies.
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