The Internet Reacts to the Christchurch Mosque Shootings

On March 15th, 2019, a post was submitted to 8chan's /pol/ board announcing a planned attack that would be livestreamed on New Zealand resident Brenton Tarrant's Facebook page (shown below). The post was accompanied by an illustration of an Australian Shitposter and links to his manifesto.

ahem* Anonymous 03/15/19 (Fri) 00:28:41 ID: c800e3 No.12916717 1291671 21291672 212918730 12916954 12916981 12917041 12917103 3212917173 12917219 3312917236 3312917279 312817280 3 1281728s 3312817290 12917301 12917316 12917329 12917330 12917351 312917444 3312917459 312817469 3 1281747 12817480 12917484 212917500 12917502 12917501217553 [Watch Thread] [Show All Posts Well lads, it's time to stop shitposting and time to make a real life effort post. I will carry out and attack against the invaders, and will even live stream the attack via facebook. The facebook link is below, by the time you read this I should be going live https:/l www face book. com/brenton.tarrant.9 It's been a long ride and despite all your rampant faggotry, fecklessness and degeneracy, you are all top blokes and the best bunch of cobbers a man could ask for I have provided links to my my writings below, please do your part by spreading my message, making memes and shitposting as you usually do If I don't survive the attack, goodbye, godbless and I will see you all in Valhalla! Hold still while I glass you Replacement.docx/file https.:// Great Replacement.pdf/file!C80myAZB https.:// https.://

That day, shootings took place at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacks were livestreamed by the shooter on Facebook, which showed the shooter entering a mosque while shooting a shotgun, before switching to an assault rifle and shooting people inside. During portions of the stream, the songs "Remove Kebab" and the Initial D song "Gas Gas Gas" could be heard playing in the background.


That evening, Twitter user Nick Monroe posted a thread with live updates about the shooting (shown below).

Meanwhile, Twitter user @MisterAntiBully posted a clip from the alleged shooter's livestream saying "subscribe to PewDiePie" (shown below).

Also that evening, the @ChannelNewsAsia uploaded footage of a New Zealand police spokesperson confirming multiple fatalities at two different mosques, and urging New Zealand residents to not visit mosques in the country (shown below).


In the document shared on 8chan prior to the shooting, the author professes to be an "eco-fascist," discussing the "great replacement" right-wing conspiracy theory and cites Turning Point USA's Candance Owens as an inspiration before also claiming the game Spyro the Dragon 3 taught him "ethno-nationalism" and that Fortnite taught him "to floss on the corpses of my enemies" (shown below).

Is there a particular person that radicalized you the most? Yes, the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens. Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness. Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for are too much, even for my tastes. Were you taught violence and extremism by video literature.cinema? Yes, Spyro the dragon 3 taught me ethno-nationalism. Fortnite trained me to be a killer and to floss on the corpses of my enemies. No. Did you always hold these views? No, when I was young I was a communist, then an anarchist and finally a libertarian before coming to be an eco-fascist.

Additionally, the shooter put a version of the Navy Seal Copypasta under the heading "You are a bigot,racist,xenophobe,islamophobe,nazi,fascist!" (shown below).

You are a bigot,racist.xenophobe,islamophobe,nazi,fascist! A. Compliments will get you no where B. That isn't a question C. What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I'Il have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I've been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I'm the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You're fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that's just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little "clever" comment was about to bring dowin upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But youu couldn't, you didn't, and now you're paying the price, you goddamn idiot I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You're fucking dead kiddo

That day, an article titled "Shitposting, Inspirational Terrorism, and the Christchurch Mosque Massacre" was published by journalist Robert Evans on his personal blog BellingCat, which examined the use of memes and "shitposting" by the suspect.

Senator Fraser Anning's Response

That day, Australian Senator Fraser Anning released a statement about the shooting, stating "the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place" (shown below).

Shortly after, Twitter user @LATSeema tweeted the statement along with the message "I don't think I have ever seen a statement like this from an elected official after a terrorist attack."

PewDiePie's Response

Also on March 15th, 2019, PewDiePie tweeted that he was "absolutely sickened" that the shooter uttered his name (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 400,000 likes and 98,000 retweets.

@pewdiepie Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy. 1:00 AM 15 Mar 2019

Donald Trump's Response

The following morning, Trump posted a tweet expressing his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" and stating "The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do" (shown below).

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all! 7:41 AM-15 Mar 2019

Reddit Bans /r/WatchPeopleDie

That day, BuzzFeed tech reporter Ryan Mac tweeted that Reddit banned /r/watchpeopledie in the wake of the shooting, noting that "users were sharing links of the NZ video in the group last night" (shown below).

Ryan Mac union @RMac18 In the fallout from the New Zealand attack, looks like Reddit banned the r/watchpeopledie subreddit as of about 50 minutes ago. In this group, people often shared links to gory clips of human death. Users were sharing links of the NZ video in the group last night. This commurity has been banned 2:04 PM - 15 Mar 2019

In follow-up tweets, Mac claimed to have spoken with a Reddit employee who revealed "it had a long debate about the continued existence of that subreddit," noted that /r/gore had been banned as well and posted a statement by Reddit saying "posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned" (shown below).

We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit. Subreddits that fail to adhere to those site- wide rules will be banned."

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