Scott Morrison wants the G20 to crack down on social media companies after the Christchurch massacre livestream

Scott Morrison. Photo: Stefan Postles/ Getty Images.

Prime minister Scott Morrison is urging the G20 countries to place further regulations on technology companies in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Morrison has written a letter to G20 chairman and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying: “It’s unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space.” He shared the letter on Twitter on Tuesday.

“It is imperative that the global community works together to ensure that technology firms meet their moral obligation to protect the communities which they serve and from which they profit,” the letter continues.

On Friday, a gunman killed 50 muslim worshippers in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. The terrorist attack was livestreamed on Facebook and uploaded onto YouTube. Australian man Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder.

Opposition leader Bill Shortenwrote in an opinion piece published by The Herald Sun that social media companies have an obligation not to spread hate. Fellow Labor MP Ed Husic, who is Muslim, has also called for tougher laws to govern the internet.

In the wake of the terrorist attack, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the social media giants had “further questions to answer” about how they respond.

Facebook said it took down 1.5 million copies of the footage. But the social media company and its peers Twitter and Google have been battling to stop its spread across the internet as users changed the footage to avoid their algorithms.

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