TECH GI­ANTS PROMISE CLAMPDOWN ON EXTREMISM

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE -

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

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