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Both NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb and Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw called out the social media giants after graphic footage of the Wakeley church attack was shared on line

In the days after a bishop was stabbed in a suspected terror attack at a church in western Sydney and a riot broke out outside, police and politicians have repeatedly called on social media platforms to remove graphic posts and misleading

It comes as this headline reported that the treasurer's assistant wants answers from social media companies after the spread of misinformation turned a “horrible week into something diabolical”.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb took to social media after the church terror attack.Credit: Louise Kennerley

Webb told reporters today that businesses “have a role to play.”

“I think that leading a social media platform should bring a lot of social and corporate responsibility. And I think that to have images like this online, they should be removed immediately and not left up there,” he said.

Webb also urged the community to stop the spread of misinformation online.

Police believe many of those who took part in the riots that followed Wakeley's stabbing had no connection to the church, but were motivated to take part after being incited on social media.

“I know there's been information about apps like WhatsApp, TikTok… suggesting certain things, and they're not true, and it's creating fear, unnecessary fear, and it has to stop,” he said.

Kershaw said the Internet “has a lot of garbage.”

“We're really encouraging big business to do the right thing.”


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