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Event Encourages Facebook Free Weekend

PRESS RELEASE, Wednesday 20 March 2019

Event Encourages Facebook Free Weekend in the Wake of Christchurch Massacre

An online event which encourages people to log off Facebook this weekend in memory of the victims of the Christchurch Mosque shootings is growing momentum.

At 1.40pm on Friday 22 March (New Zealand time), exactly one week after the shootings began people are urged to log off from the social media platform for 50 hours – one hour for each of the victims.

The event has been created with the goal of having a positive impact on the future of technology. If enough people around the world log off Facebook, for the 50 hour period thereby impacting revenue streams it is hoped that they will do more to prevent these atrocities from being shared on its platforms and other media outlets in the future.

The initiative suggests it is an opportunity for people to spend quality time with their friends, family and loved ones.

On Friday 15 March 2019 the massacre of 50 people in Christchurch New Zealand was live streamed from Facebook and shared more than 1.5 million times around the world. 17 minutes of the footage was broadcast and only when New Zealand police contacted Facebook did they take action.

More reports are emerging from individuals claiming they reported the material to the communications giant. Facebook has since tried to downplay the numbers by advising that only 200 people watched the actual live stream itself.

Aware that people use the platform for communicating, it is not intended to include the likes of Messenger.

Online Event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/301313840561814/



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