New Zealand and France Commit to Ending Online Extremism

New Zealand and France have agreed to bring together the world leaders at Paris Summit next month to prevent the use of social media for the organization and promotion of terrorism.

The two countries have called the global leaders and tech company executives in the meeting that will be chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 15.

Both countries will ask the meeting to commit to a pledge named the ‘Christchurch Call’ devised to eradicate terrorism and violent extremist content online.

According to Arden, the March 15 terrorist attacks on two mosques witnessed unprecedented social media usage as a tool to promote an act of hate and terror. The mosque attacks were live-streamed on the internet, showing upsetting footage of the gunman firing at men, women, and children.


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The French president is of the view that the meeting will ensure that “new, concrete measures are taken so that what happened in Christchurch does not happen again”.

It has been six weeks since the massacre and yet the social media sites are struggling to remove the copies of the gunman’s video. “We´re calling on the leaders of tech companies to join with us and help achieve our goal of eliminating violent extremism online at the Christchurch Summit in Paris,” says Arden.

The meeting will take place alongside the ‘Tech for Humanity’ meeting of G7 Digital Ministers, and France’s separate ‘Tech for Good’ summit.

“We all need to act, and that includes social media providers taking more responsibility for the content that is on their platforms, and taking action so that violent extremist content cannot be published and shared,” says the NZ premiere.

The French president had earlier expressed his ambition for France to take the lead on designing new regulatory measures to incorporate technology into the common good.


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