White House refuses to sign global statement on online extremism

White House refuses to sign global statement on online extremism

Britain, Canada, Australia, Jordan, Senegal, Indonesia, Norway and Ireland signed the pledge, along with the European commission, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, Daily Motion and Quant. The decision puts the United States at odds with US tech companies including Facebook and Google, which are expected to support the effort. "To be honest with you, I do not understand the United States".

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is making the trip to Paris, the company said this week, while the White House is dispatching President Donald Trump's top tech adviser.

"The terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March were a horrifying tragedy". It noted that while it was trying to take down the killer's video of the Christchurch attack, edited versions were being posted "not always intentionally" by Facebook users.

The distribution of "extremist" content will now be expressly prohibited by the terms and conditions of use agreements which users must agree before using the platforms.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is calling on governments and tech companies to do more to prevent live streaming of terror attacks and the spread of such videos online.

Ardern meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Paris.

The agreement asks governments and internet companies to do more to prevent the live broadcast of terrorist attacks, and make sure such content is removed quickly when it does appear.

The White House didn't explain why it couldn't support the statement, but the First Amendment seems to be a significant concern, the Washington Post reports.

"Part of our engagement with social media companies will involve monitoring and ensuring accountability for the Christchurch Call commitments made", Whineray said.

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The Christchurch Call To Action is such a freaking layup.

He added that technical innovation is needed to get ahead of the kind of "adversarial media manipulation" seen after the New Zealand mosque massacre, such as users modifying videos in order to slip past filters.

But despite the endorsement from the biggest USA tech firms, Washington will not join for now, even though "we continue to support the overall goals reflected", the White House said in a statement.

They promised investments in "digital fingerprinting" to track and remove harmful pictures and videos, and easy-to-use methods for users to report illicit content.

In a nod to what Facebook is expected to sign up for in the Christchurch Call To Action, Rosen said this was only the beginning.

The tech giant also pledged to commit $7.5 million to work with researchers at three universities to improve its ability to detect photos and videos that have been manipulated.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Ardern has also established herself as a prominent advocate for combating violent extremism online.

"All action on this issue must be consistent with principles of a free, open and secure internet, without compromising human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression", it says.

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