NZ’s process for responding to violent extremism online

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Take-down notices

The February 2022 updates to the updates to the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 enable the Department to issue take-down notices to online content hosts requiring the removal, or prevention of New Zealand public access to, publications that meet that threshold for objectionable.

Take-down Notice Guidance (PDF, 535KB)

Online Crisis Response Process

DIA leads the Online Crisis Response Process. This is a key initiative that facilitates the rapid assessment and coordinated response to an online crisis, and the sharing of information in a secure and timely manner between government agencies, industry, online services providers and civil society.

This response connects to the international processes developed through the Christchurch Call Crisis Response Protocol, European Union (EU) Crisis Protocol, and the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) Content Incident Protocol. 

New Zealand Online Crisis Response Process (PDF, 879KB)

How objectionable material is classified

The Film, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993 sets out criteria for what may be judged as objectionable. This includes content that:

  • depicts violence, cruelty, and crime in a way that could be harmful;
  • promotes or encourages acts of terrorism and crime;
  • targets a specific group.

Transparency Report

In April 2022 we released the first annual Digital Violent Extremism Transparency Report. This is the first report of its kind in New Zealand and supports the Government’s commitments to transparency. The purpose of this report is to help the New Zealand public better understand how DIA works to identify violent extremist content online and prevent exposure to this harmful material. You can read the full report below:

2021 Transparency ReportPDF, 40 pages, 5.9MB