Friday, 23 August, 2019

Tech Giants, Governments Discuss Online Extremism at 'Christchurch Call'

The summit is co-sponsored by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron The summit is co-sponsored by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron
Steven Clarke | 16 May, 2019, 00:03

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.

"Facebook's decision to put limits on live streaming is a good first step to restrict the application being used as a tool for terrorists, and shows the Christchurch Call is being acted on", Ardern said in an email from her spokesman, according to Reuters.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she was one of many who saw horrifying footage of the March 15 terrorist attacks in Christchurch when the video of it started auto-playing in her social media feed.

Ardern said today she was encouraged by Facebook's move.

Two months after the deadly white nationalist terrorist attacks in two New Zealand mosques, Facebook has announced new restrictions on who can livestream video on the social network.

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand's premier Jacinda Ardern will host other world leaders and leading tech chiefs on Wednesday to launch an ambitious new initiative aimed at curbing extremism online.

The news release explained that the policy until now had been to remove any video that violated the site's community standards, and to suspend any users who repeatedly posted banned content. People were only banned from the site altogether, it said, "either because of repeated low-level violations, or, in rare cases, because of a single egregious violation (for instance, using terror propaganda in a profile picture or sharing images of child exploitation)".

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"We will now apply a "one strike" policy to [Facebook] Live in connection with a broader range of offences". Arden called it a "good first step".

In coming weeks, he said those blocked users will also be prevented from creating ads on Facebook.

"The United States stands with the worldwide community in condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online in the strongest terms", the White House said in an emailed statement Wednesday.

Ahead of a summit on online extremism, Ardern was responding to a question asking whether countries can learn from New Zealand. But within 24 hours, users had attempted to re-upload the video onto Facebook more than 1.5 million times. It will bear the signatures of more than a dozen nations, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Firms themselves will be urged to come up with concrete measures, the source said, for example by reserving live broadcasting to social media accounts whose owners have been identified.

"It doesn't say what's the minimum duration and again that wouldn't change the gunman's video on the day because even if they banned him for life it wouldn't make much difference to the people who had seen the video".

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