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8:09 am, May 16th, 2019 - 97 comments
Categories: Deep stuff, facebook, International, internet, interweb, jacinda ardern, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, twitter - Tags: Muslim community
From Jo Moir at Radio New Zealand:
Tech company and world leaders have signed an unprecedented Christchurch Call agreement to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.
The meeting, the first of its kind, in Paris overnight saw all of the major technology companies, 17 countries and the European Commission sign up to the call initiated by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, in the wake of the Christchurch attack that killed 51 people.
The action plan asks tech companies to review the operation of their algorithms that are driving users towards or amplifying terrorist content online and find ways to intervene earlier.
In order to try and prevent an attack like the one at Christchurch ever happening again, tech companies have agreed to share the effects of algorithim secrets with each other.
Ms Ardern has called on them to report progress regularly to governments.
At a news conference, Ms Ardern described the agreement as “day one” in the change the world needed.
“Never before have countries and tech companies come together in the wake of an horrific attack to commit to an action plan that will deliver collaboratively work in new technology built to make our communities ultimately safer.”
And there is to be pressure from business interests to make sure that the social media companies conduct themselves differently. Again from Radio New Zealand:
New Zealand and global investors worth more than $NZ5 trillion are uniting to put pressure on companies who have signed up to the Christchurch Call.
Launched alongside the summit in Paris overnight, the New Zealand Super Fund has coordinated the investor group, worth more than 15 times the GDP of the New Zealand economy.
The group wants to get Facebook, Twitter and Google – who all have social media platforms – to strengthen controls that will prevent the live streaming and distribution of objectionable content.
They plan to raise concerns with the companies’ board and management on these issues.
The investor group is made up of 55 funds – 27 from New Zealand and 28 from across the globe.
Facebook has already announced changes with a proposal to ban users who breach rules over live streaming and the investment of funds into new video recognition software although to be frank the changes feel half hearted and are clearly not enough.
But there was one entity who did not participate in the summit or the declaration, an entity that also has worrying links to white supremacists.
Again from Radio New Zealand:
The United States has snubbed the Christchurch Call summit by not attending or endorsing the agreement.
In a statement from the White House, a spokesperson said the US stood with the international community in condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online in the strongest terms.
But it said the US was not currently in a position to join the agreement, although it supported its the overall goals.
It cited freedom of expression and freedom of the press as reasons it would not be joining the agreement, and said promoting credible, alternative narratives was the best way to defeat terrorist messaging.
Good work Jacinda. Not only has she led the country through one of its most tragic and difficult of events but she is achieving real international change.