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Leaders address online extremism in wake of Christchurch shooting

Leaders address online extremism in wake of Christchurch shooting

The "Christchurch call" initiative was pushed by Ardern after a self-described white supremacist gunned down 51 people in a massacre at two mosques in the New Zealand city in March, AFP said.

"Companies like Facebook are becoming more aware and more willing to make reforms than the USA, and they're doing it purely on grounds of public opinion", Knott said.

The aim is to minimize the risk of people using it to spread harm or hate.

The initiative calls on signatory nations to bring in laws that ban offensive material and to set guidelines on how the traditional media report acts of terrorism.

Speaking ahead of the meetings, Ardern said, "There will be of course those who will be pushing to make sure that they maintain the commercial sensitivity".

Many countries have already tightened legislation to introduce penalties for companies that fail to take down offensive content once it is flagged, by either users or the authorities. But "ultimately the regulation of these tools that transmit information should be a matter for governments, not just the whims of private companies".

The Christchurch Call was drafted as 80 CEOs and executives from technology companies gathered in Paris for a "Tech for Good" conference meant to address how they can use their global influence for public good - for example by promoting gender equality, diversity in hiring and greater access to technology for lower income users.

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Representatives from Twitter and Google will be attending the meeting.

The Trump administration has been involved in efforts to end online terrorist content, including its September 2017 endorsement of the Zurich-London Recommendations on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism Online. "The entire event was livestreamed [.] the scale of this horrific video's reach was staggering", she wrote.

The attack was live-streamed on Facebook - and the footage was widely shared - sparking wide-ranging condemnation of social media networks' ability to control the content shared on their platforms. The Christchurch killer posted the video of his massacre on Facebook.

Create a "violent extremist and terrorist content" category users can select when flagging inappropriate content. It's one of those gooey worldwide accords that doesn't really require anybody to do anything other than say they'd like to do something.

"People - not always intentionally - shared edited versions of the video which made it hard for our systems to detect". "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", read a joint statement from the five companies.

Knott said the United States should be involved in the effort, and anxious that its refusal to engage could undermine an issue of global importance - particularly because virtually all of the major social-media companies are based there.

A French presidential source said it was time for tech companies to "anticipate how their features will be exploited".