UPDATED 10:06 AM PT — Thursday, April 4, 2019
The suspected New Zealand mosque shooter is set to appear in court on Friday. He will be facing 50-charges of murder and 39-counts of attempted murder.
The 28-year-old will not be required to enter a plea, because the court still needs to decide if he can represent himself.
New Zealand has placed strict regulations on what information can be circulated by the media about the shooting. According to officials, this is necessary to prevent bias among potential jurors.
Meanwhile, Australia has passed a new law threatening social media companies with fines for allowing violent content on their platforms. This new legislation could potentially land social media executives behind bars if they fail to prevent live streaming of violence.
This new law, passed by Australia’s Parliament, was sparked after the alleged gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand streamed the mosque massacre live for the world to see.