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Macron, Ardern host Paris summit against online extremism

16 May 2019

The social media platform also will be investing US$7.5 million (~31.3 million) in these research.

"Facebook's decision to put limits on livestreaming 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", she said in an email from her spokesman.

The move is in response to the Mosque massacre that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, in which a gunman livestreamed his gunning down of 50 victims.

New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern claimed that people don't "need access to military-style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles" and she doesn't understand why the United States hasn't passed stronger gun legislation following multiple mass shootings. 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.

"I don't think anyone would argue that the terrorist on the 15th of March had a right to live-stream the murder of 50 people", she said last month.

It was organized by Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, and will see world leaders and tech executives sign a pledge called the "Christchurch Call".

According to a Tuesday blog post, the Mark Zuckerberg-led company will begin applying a "one strike" policy to Facebook Live that would ban users who violate the platform's community standards once from using the livestreaming platform for set periods of time.

"Today we are tightening the rules that apply specifically to Live", Rosen wrote.

"The United States stands with the worldwide community in condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online in the strongest terms".

New Zealand officials said she found a natural partner for the fight against online extremism in Macron, who has repeatedly stated that the status quo is unacceptable.

It plans to extend other restrictions in the coming weeks, including preventing the same people from creating ads on Facebook. But within 24 hours, users had attempted to re-upload the video onto Facebook more than 1.5 million times.

Beyond Facebook, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism - a trade group formed by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube - has said more than 800 visually distinct videos of the attack have been "fingerprinted" for its automatic ban list.

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's one of those gooey worldwide accords that doesn't really require anybody to do anything other than say they'd like to do something.

Macron, Ardern host Paris summit against online extremism