The Daily Populous

Tuesday March 19th, 2019 evening edition

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Ardern also had strong words for the social media companies that enabled the shooter to broadcast his massacre around the world.

“We will look at the role that social media played and what steps we can take, including on the international stage and in unison with our partners,” Ardern said.

The prime minister acknowledged that social media alone wasn’t responsible for the shooting, but argued that it did play a role.

“There is no question that ideas and language of division and hate have existed for decades.

The prime minister promised she will never utter the shooter’s name in order to deprive him of the notoriety he so desperately wanted.

People around the world are taking a hard look at the role that social media plays in our lives as white supremacist fascism spreads.

But it’s not clear what specific steps the government might take to restrict social media in the future. »

Telcos block access to 4chan, other sites

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Telstra on Tuesday blocked access to 4chan, 8chan and Voat, the blog Zerohedge and video hosting platform Liveleak.

Optus and Vodafone declined to name which domains they blocked but the same platforms also failed to load on their networks on Tuesday afternoon.

"While there were discussions at an industry level about this issue, this is a decision Vodafone Australia came to independently," a spokeswoman said in a statement. »

New Yorkers in poll want mandated vaccines, regardless of family religious beliefs

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Nearly 80 percent of New Yorkers in a new poll said vaccinations should be required for kids before they can go to school, regardless of family religious beliefs.

Support for required vaccinations is strong among Democrats, Republicans and independents, according to the latest Siena College poll.

The latest poll was conducted earlier in March through telephone calls to 700 registered voters in New York. »

NZ leader vows to ‘absolutely deny’ mosque gunman a platform

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Asked if she would like the trial to occur behind closed doors, Ardern demurred, saying that was not her decision to make.

“One thing I can assure you — you won’t hear me speak his name,” she said.

Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours. »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Donald Trump Is Signaling to White Supremacists That He’ll Ignore Their Violence

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused President Donald Trump of signaling to white supremacists that he would “look the other way” as they commit acts of violence.

After the New Zealand mosque shootings by an self-described white supremacist, a reporter asked Trump if he saw white nationalism as a rising threat around the world.

Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, tweeted that Trump’s comments were a “deliberate” message to white supremacists. »