It seems Newshub has a moderation problem too

This screenshot is from Newshub’s Facebook page and shows that they allow calls to assassinate John Key to live for quite a while on the page.

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The post was also liked by three others:

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According to his Facebook profile, Stefan Gutteridge, it appears works for a relation at the Pits Media, where Jason Gutteridge is a shareholder and director.

Pits Media makes motor racing videos, and includes reasonable sized companies as their sponsors, like Mag and Turbo, Hirepool, Brown & Syme and Mainfreight.

I’m not sure that they’d want their brand associated with smack talking idiots who want to kill the Prime Minister.

One commenter added:

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I put 5 questions to Newshub but as at publishing have not had the courtesy of a response. This is what I sent to the Newshub media spokesperson for comment:

I have a few questions regarding Newshub and moderation policies on social media, in light of recent rulings by OMSA on such social media pages run by media organisations like Radio NZ and Newshub.

1. Does Mediaworks/Newshub have a published moderation policy for social media site likes Facebook?
2. If there is a policy what is unacceptable to be published on social media sites under Newshub’s control?
3. Does Newshub employ a full time moderator for checking social media sites that you control like Facebook.
4. If there is a full time person, or even a part time person what guidelines do they operate under?
5. What would be an acceptable timeframe to remove offensive comments from your social media pages?

Newshub took more than 2 hours to remove the offending comment but have never responded to my questions. Perhaps I should go doorstep them like they do to me?

Meanwhile I wonder if they would like to apologise to John Key.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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