Tech giants heed ‘Christchurch Call’ to end online extremism
Spearheaded by Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron, the meeting in Paris is aimed at stamping out violent extremist content on the internet
Paris — On Wednesday, major tech firms pledged to pursue a range of new measures aimed at stamping out violent extremist content on the internet, amid growing pressure from governments in the wake of the massacres at two New Zealand mosques in March. The “Christchurch Call” was spearheaded by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, who gathered tech executives and world leaders to launch the initiative at a meeting in Paris. The vow came after a gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch in March while broadcasting his rampage live on Facebook via a head-mounted camera. “The dissemination of such content online has adverse impacts on the human rights of the victims, on our collective security and on people all over the world,” the signatories said in a statement.
Facebook, in particular, has faced withering criticism since the Christchurch attack, after the horrific footage was uploaded and shared millions of times despite...