Macron and Ardern seek pledge to eliminate violent content online

Macron and Ardern seek pledge to eliminate violent content online

Five global technology companies have pledged to limit terrorist material online.

The US government has not endorsed the Christchurch Call and was represented only at a junior level at a meeting of G7 digital ministers which also took place Wednesday in Paris.

Tech company and world leaders have signed an unprecedented Christchurch Call agreement to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

Facebook has come under intense criticism for its handling of the gunman's video on its platform. The footage was picked up by some worldwide media outlets who initially published excerpts of the video and links to the gunman's extremist "manifesto" before quickly dropping them in the face of political and public outrage.

The call was adopted by US tech companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, along with France's Qwant and DailyMotion, and the Wikimedia Foundation. "Tech companies might bar one handle from using the live feature, but there is no guarantee that the same person is not running multiple other handles".

Zuckerberg, who met with Macron in the French capital last week, was unable to return for the Wednesday meeting, an Elysee official said.


France's calls for removing terrorist content online were initially specifically European, he noted, saying the scope of these efforts has now been broadened to include New Zealand, Indonesia and Canada as well as elements from civil society.

"The Christchurch Call will be assessed ultimately by the impact it has". Refusing to sign on sends the opposite signal, and I think that's on goal.

The group wants to get Facebook, Twitter and Google - who all have social media platforms - to strengthen controls that will prevent the live streaming and distribution of objectionable content. The attack killed 51 people.

On Tuesday night, Facebook announced that it would be taking steps to try to prevent such videos from reaching its platform, and work to find effective ways to take them down if they are posted.

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter released a joint statement Wednesday in connection with an worldwide summit in Paris, where world leaders and technology executives are gathered to discuss the issue.

"Fundamentally it ultimately commits us all to build a more humane internet, which can not be misused by terrorists for their hateful purposes", she said at a joint news conference with Macron.


Macron said things were moving in the right direction and the presence of the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and his "personal engagement" was encouraging.

As well as signing up to the largely symbolic document produced in Paris, leading tech companies agreed to a nine-point plan for putting the Christchurch pledges into action.

"We'll do everything we can so that there is a more concrete and formal commitment, but I consider ... the fact that the United States administration said it shared the objectives and the common will as a positive element", he said.

He said the Christchurch Call differed from previous initiatives to clean up the internet, because of the involvement of tech companies and its worldwide appeal.

In a statement from Guy Rosen, vice president integrity, Facebook will restrict more users who have broken certain rules from using Facebook Live. "In the past, we've had one, but not the other".


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