Tech giants and political leaders from around the globe came together in Paris on Wednesday to pledge their commitment to tackling the spread of terrorist content online, following the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand in March.

In a summit hosted jointly by President Emmanuel Macron of France and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the companies agreed to commit to a nine-point plan that will see them work together more collaboratively than they have in the past to ensure terrorist content is halted. It comes in the wake of the New Zealand attacker live streaming the murder of 51 people on Facebook, resulting in the video being viewed 4,000 times around the world before it was removed.

Among the signatories of the “Christchurch Call” are Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Microsoft, along with 17 national governments and the EU. But one significant name is missing from the list of supporters — the White House announced Tuesday it would not be signing the commitment due to free speech concerns.

US officials said that while they supported the goals of the Christchurch Call, they currently were “not currently in a position to join the endorsement,” according to the Washington Post. White House representatives didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.

In a joint statement, the supporters of the call said:

The terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March were a horrifying tragedy. And so it is right that we come together, resolute in our commitment to ensure we are doing all we can to fight the hatred and extremism that lead to terrorist violence.

The Christchurch Call announced today expands on the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), and builds on our other initiatives with government and civil society to prevent the dissemination of terrorist and violent extremist content. Additionally, we are sharing concrete steps we will take that address the abuse of technology to spread terrorist content, including continued investment in technology that improves our capability to detect and remove this content from our services, updates to our individual terms of use, and more transparency for content policies and removals.

Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response. For our part, the commitments we are making today will further strengthen the partnership that Governments, society and the technology industry must have to address this threat.

The five actions the companies have committed to taking individually are:

Updating their terms of use …read more

Source:: Daily Times


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Facebook, Google, Twitter sign ‘Christchurch Call’ to cull terrorist content

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