New Zealand official calls Facebook 'morally bankrupt'

New Zealand's privacy commissioner has described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow Australia by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch shootings.

Facebook said in a statement it was "deeply committed" to strengthening policies, improving technology and "working with experts to keep Facebook safe."

Edwards told Radio NZ governments need to come together and "force the platforms to find a solution" to the livestreaming of atrocities.

Australia last week passed laws that include prison terms for executives for failing to quickly remove "abhorrent violent material."