TECH GIANTS PROMISE CLAMPDOWN ON EXTREMISM
Tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter have promised a clampdown on extremism following a meeting with world leaders - but failed to say how or when the measures would be implemented. Amazon and Microsoft were also among those who agreed on a nine-point plan of action after the meeting in Paris, named the Christchurch Call to Action.
The meeting, hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, was in response to the terror attack on mosques in Christchurch in March, in which 51 people were killed in an atrocity livestreamed on Facebook. However the U.S appeared to snub the other world leaders by declining to send a delegation to Paris.
And the White House later confirmed that it will not join the international bid to stamp out violent extremism online, while stressing that Washington backs the initiative’s aims on principle. While the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected’ in the so-called ‘Christchurch Call,’ the White House said.
In a joint statement, the tech companies said they would each take individual steps to improve their policies on violent content, as well as increase collaboration in order to fight the spread of such content. But the text, which is not legally binding, did not outline any concrete steps that would be taken by individual firms, nor set any timeframe for putting any new measures in place.
Ardern played a central role in the Paris meetings, which she called a significant 'starting point' for changes in government and tech industry policy
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left, today) co-chaired a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (right) in Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) is pictured greeting Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of the talks at the Elysee Palace