USA refuses to endorse Jacinda Ardern's 'Christchurch Call' to tackle online extremism

USA refuses to endorse Jacinda Ardern's 'Christchurch Call' to tackle online extremism

USA refuses to endorse Jacinda Ardern's 'Christchurch Call' to tackle online extremism

Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon all joined the Christchurch Call, an effort between world leaders and tech companies to fight the spread of violent extremism online.

Facebook announced steps on Wednesday to temporarily block users who break its rules from broadcasting live video, in the wake of an worldwide outcry after a gunman killed 51 people in New Zealand last month and streamed the attack live on his page.

Facebook's move came hours before its executives would face the prime minister of New Zealand, where an attacker killed 51 people in March - and livestreamed parts of it on Facebook.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading an effort to secure worldwide commitments to prevent the sharing of extremist content online.

They also said they would explore tweaking their algorithms to prevent violent or hateful content from going viral, while making it easier for users to report harmful posts. The social media giant is instead sending Nick Clegg, its vice-president for global affairs and a former deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom.

"It's a positive step toward curbing abuse of live streaming, and Facebook has been taking real steps on curbing hate content over the last few months", Chad Loder, CEO and founder of cybersecurity firm Habitu8, told ABC News.

Starting Wednesday, people who break Facebook's "most serious policies" will be immediately banned from using Facebook Live for a period of time, such as 30 days.

Unlike previous official attempts to regulate the internet, "the Christchurch Call is different in that it associates all actors of the internet" including the tech companies themselves, Macron said.

Participants are being asked to commit to eliminating terrorist and extremist content on social media and online platforms.

Facebook, which dominates social media and has faced the harshest criticism for overlooking the misuse of consumer data and not blocking live broadcasts of violent actions, said separately it is toughening its livestreaming policies.

Top officials from USA tech giants Wikipedia, Uber, Twitter, Microsoft and Google attended, but not Facebook chief Zuckerberg, who met privately with Macron last week.

Create a "violent extremist and terrorist content" category users can select when flagging inappropriate content.

Rosen said the policy before today's changes meant that users were blocked from Facebook if they kept violating the Community Standards, such as using terror propaganda in a profile picture or sharing images of child exploitation.

While the restrictions apply exclusively to the platform's Live feature, the company said it had plans to extend them to other areas over the coming weeks, beginning with preventing those that are banned from creating ads on Facebook.

The White House declined to support the so-called Christchurch Call for Action, saying it had concerns about First Amendment rights. The document calls on governments and tech giants to improve their efforts to study and stop the spread of harmful content.

Trudeau is attending the Christchurch Call meeting in Paris.

"It doesn't say what's the minimum duration and again that wouldn't change the gunman's video on the day because even if they banned him for life it wouldn't make much difference to the people who had seen the video".

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