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Social Media Giants Face New Criticism Amid Shooting In New Zealand


Social media giants, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, are facing new criticism after they struggled to block livestreamed footage of a gunman shooting worshippers at a mosque in New Zealand.

The disturbing 17-minute livestream episode saw users uploading and sharing clips  faster than social media companies could remove them.

The companies were already under scrutiny over the rise in online extremist content, but Friday’s troubling incident also underscored big tech’s difficulties in rooting out violent content as crises unfold in real time.

In a live point-of-view video uploaded to Facebook on Friday, the killer shot dozens of mosque goers, at one point going back to his car to stock up on weapons.

Critics hammered tech companies, accusing them of failing to get ahead of the violent video spreading.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a 2020 contender, said “Tech companies have a responsibility to do the morally right thing,” told reporters on Friday. “I don’t care about your profits.

“This is a case where you’re giving a platform to hate,” Booker continued. “That’s unacceptable and should have never happened, and it should have been taken down a lot more swiftly. The mechanisms should be in place to allow these companies to do that.”

“The rapid and wide-scale dissemination of this hateful content — live-streamed on Facebook, uploaded on YouTube and amplified on Reddit — shows how easily the largest platforms can still be misused,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said.

Facebook said it took down the video as soon as it was flagged by the New Zealand Police. But that response suggested artificial intelligence (AI) tools and human moderators had failed to catch the livestream, which went on for 17 minutes.

By the time Facebook suspended the account behind the video, an hour and a half after it was posted, the footage had already proliferated across the Internet with thousands of uploads on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit and other platforms.

More than 10 hours after the attack, the video could still be found through searches on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, even as those companies said they were working to prevent the footage from spreading.

YouTube by Friday evening had removed thousands of videos related to the incident. Facebook and Twitter did not share numbers, but both said they were working overtime to remove the content as it appeared.

“Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and we are employing our technology and human resources to quickly review and remove any and all such violative content on YouTube,” a YouTube spokesperson said. “As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities.”

Facebook in May 2017 announced that it was hiring 3,000 more content moderators to deal with the issue of graphic video content, a move that Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami, said amounted to “kicking the can down the road.”


Hours before the shooting, the suspect apparently posted a manifesto on Twitter and announced his intention to livestream the mass shooting on 8chan, a fringe chatroom that he frequented.

New Zealand police confirmed the suspected gunman had penned the white nationalist, anti-immigrant screed, which is more than 70 pages.

Twitter deleted the account in question hours after the shooting took place, and it has been working to remove reuploads of the video from its service.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other leading social media platforms have been grappling with how to handle extremist and white nationalist content for years, particularly as anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked in the U.S. and Europe. The companies have struggled to draw the line between freedom of speech and incendiary propaganda that has the potential to radicalize users.

In the U.S., because of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the platforms are not held legally liable for what users post. Tech advocates credit that law with empowering the internet, but some lawmakers have questioned whether it should be changed.

Reddit Bans Two SubReddits: r/Watchpeopledie and r/Gore


Reddit has banned two subreddits, r/Watchpeopledie and r/Gore, after they began to circulate footage of Friday’s terrorist attack in New Zealand.

r/Watchpeopledie was famous for hosting real-life video clips and GIFs of people meeting their demise. The subreddit had more than 300,000 subscribers. But on Friday, both r/Watchpeopledie and r/Gore were shut down for violating Reddit’s content policy against “glorifying or encouraging violence.”

Reddit made the decision as all the major internet companies have been trying to prevent footage of Friday’s shootings from spreading over social media. The killings, which took the lives of 49 people, were initially live-streamed over Facebook before the video began circulating to other platforms.

The terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques, with the deaths of 49 people, was live streamed on Facebook and spread across numerous social media platforms before being removed.

The terrorist live-streamed the violent attack via a head-mounted camera. That footage was soon posted to Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, and more.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Facebook said it was alerted to the stream shortly after it started; it was deleted, as was the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Facebook is also removing content that praises or supports the terrorist or the shootings, it said.

Different versions of the video remain on YouTube as of writing, PCMag can confirm, and numerous links remain on Twitter. YouTube tweeted that it’s “working vigilantly to remove any violent footage.”

During the attack, the terrorist reportedly told people to “subscribe to PewDiePie,” a YouTuber whose real name is Felix Kjellberg. Kjellberg has come under fire for uttering racial slurs during livestreams and has garnered support from right-wing political parties.

Unheard Of 3D Printouts



Take A Look At 3D Printing & The Medicine Field

3D Printed Hearing Aids

There are more than 10,000,000 3D printed hearing aids circulating worldwide. 3D printing technology has absolutely improved their manufacturing process. Previously it involved a 9 step process and a huge input of time, the technology shortened it to 3 steps: scanning, modeling, and printing. Moreover, one machine is able to produce 30 hearing aids in one hour and a half. The evaluation of 3D printing technology usage for hearing aids manufacturing was started way back in 1998. It is the actual revolution people have not heard about.



Soon if you break a hand or a leg, you can still keep your style. Seriously, Jake Evill a graduate from the Architecture and Design School in New Zealand, found a way how to substitute the old plasters.



In the picture above you can see aggregated embryonic stem cells after 24 hours (left) and after 48 hours (right). Artificial organs are still in the near future, but this achievement is extremely significant for drug testing purposes while using artificial human tissue or even printing cells directly inside the body.

3D printed blood vessels will help to transplant organs easier


Technology moves straight to artificial blood cell printing and represents the important step in the development of artificial organ transplants since the current generation of artificial organs lack the vascular network needed to function properly. Scientists from Germans’ Fraunhofer Institute use the particular technique that involves artificial biological molecules printed out with a 3D inkjet printer, then they form the shape of blood vessels. This technology is still quite imprecise for the fine structures of capillary vessels, so the scientists use the laser to zap the molecules and to form the material. Real blood vessels have two layers as well as the artificial ones, so they can form complex branching structures.



Statistics On Published Books

United States (2010) 328,259 (new titles and editions)
United Kingdom (2005) 206,000 
China (2010) 189,295 (328,387 total)
Russian Federation (2008) 123,336 
Germany (2009) 93,124
Spain (2008) 86,300 
India (2004) 82,537 (21,370 in Hindi and 18,752 in English)
Japan (2009) 78,555 
Iran (2010) 65,000 
France (2010) 63,690 (67,278 total) 
South Korea (2011) 44,036 
Taiwan (2010) 43,309 
Turkey (2011) 43,100 
Netherlands (1993) 34,067 
Italy (2005) 33,641 (59,743 total) 
Poland (2010) 31,500 
Vietnam (2009) 24,589 
Indonesia (2009) 24,000+ 
Argentina (2010) 22,781 (26,387 total) 
Canada (1996) 19,900 
Brazil (2010) 18,712 (54,754 total)
Malaysia (2011) 17,923 
Romania (2008) 14,984 
Ukraine (2004) 14,790 
Hong Kong (2005) 14,603 
Belgium (1991) 13,913 
Finland (2006) 13,656 
Thailand (2009) 13,607 
Belarus (2009) 12,885 
Denmark (1996) 12,352
Colombia (2010) 12,334 (13,294 total)
Switzerland (2001) 12,156 
Singapore (2007) 12,000+ 
Czech Republic (1996) 10,244
Hungary (1996) 9,193 
Mexico (2010) 9,075 (25,348 total)
Egypt (2000) 9,022 [
Australia (2004) 8,602 
Austria (1996) 8,056 
Portugal (1996) 7,868 
Israel (2006) 6,866 
Greece (2002) 6,826 
South Africa (1995) 5,418 
Chile (2011) 5,326 (5,720 total) 
Sri Lanka (1996) 4,115
Peru (2006) 4,101 
Sweden (2010) 4,074 (30,857 total)
Saudi Arabia (1996) 3,900 
Lebanon (2005) 3,686 
Myanmar (1993) 3,660 
New Zealand (2003) 3,600 
Ecuador (2010) 2,854 (4,164 total)
Afghanistan (1990) 2,795 
Venezuela (2003) 2,061
Luxembourg (2001) 2,000
Latvia (1996) 1,965
Iceland (2007) 1,533 
Philippines (1996) 1,507 
Cuba (2003) 1,488 
Costa Rica (2003) 1,315 
Nigeria (1991) 1,314 
Kazakhstan (1996) 1,226 
Syria (2004) 1,138 
Pakistan (2005) 1,036 
Uzbekistan (1996) 1,003 
Cyprus (1996) 930 
Morocco (1996) 918 
Tunisia (1996) 720 
Dominican Republic (2003) 705 
Algeria (1996) 670 
Uruguay (2003) 605 
Bolivia (2003) 584 
Georgia (1998) 581 
Azerbaijan (1996) 542 
Jordan (1996) 511 
Panama (2003) 506 
Turkmenistan (1994) 450 
Guatemala (2003) 446 
Kyrgyzstan (1998) 420 
Malta (1995) 404
Fiji (1994) 401 
Armenia (1996) 396 
Paraguay (2003) 390 
Albania (1991) 381 
Nicaragua (2003) 306 
Kenya (1994) 300
United Arab Emirates (1993) 293 
Honduras (2003) 290 
Uganda (1996) 288 
Mongolia (1992) 285 
El Salvador (2003) 250 
Ethiopia (1991) 240 
Zimbabwe (1992) 232 
Vatican City (1996) 228 
Qatar (1996) 209 
Kuwait (1992) 196 
Tanzania (1990) 172 
Botswana (1991) 158 
Tajikistan (1996) 132 
Papua New Guinea (1991) 122 
Madagascar (1996) 119 
Malawi (1996) 117
Palestine (1996) 114 
Namibia (1990) 106 
Eritrea (1993) 106 
Brunei Darussalam (2009) 91 
Laos (1995) 88 
Benin (1994) 84 
Mauritius (1996) 80 
Réunion (1992) 69 
Democratic Republic of the Congo (1992) 64 
Andorra (1994) 57
Suriname (1996) 47
Guyana (1996) 42 
Monaco (1990) 41
Bahrain (1996) 40 
Ghana (1992) 28 
Libya (1994) 26
Angola (1995) 22 
Mali (1995) 14 
Gambia (1996) 14
Burkina Faso (1996) 12
Oman (1996) 7

TOTAL: approximately 2,200,000

Theodolites and Tauranga Police



 Tauranga Police are using robots called theodolites to fight crime. The Theodolites can record the location of evident and quickly generate scale plans using the computer aided design (CAD) software.

Christchurch Police /New Zealand Receives iPhones and iPads for Duty



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IPhones will be issued to 700 officers and 400 iPads will be issued to frontline staff over the next two weeks as part of a national Mobility Project aimed at getting more police back on the street.

Instead of frontline officers waiting in a queue and clogging up the police radio, they will be able to check offenders’ details, including photographs and bail conditions, driver’s licences, outstanding arrest warrants, fines  allowing officers to complete and assign themselves to jobs.

Sergeant Kelvin Giddens  said by using this technology it’s expected that each police officer will save 30 minutes each shift they work which will be reinvested into preventative policing activities.

“More time will be spent in the field rather than sitting behind a desk doing paperwork.”


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