Trump administration declines to join Christchurch Call to Action

Facebook announces changes on eve of Christchurch Call

"While the United States is not now in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the Call".

Governments and tech companies have agreed to develop technology preventing the upload of such content, counter the roots of violent extremism, increase transparency around the detection and removal of such content, and review the business models that can lead social media users down a dark path to radicalisation. Leading technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, have also signed on.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she does "not understand" why the United States has not passed stronger gun laws in the aftermath of mass shooting events.

He live streamed the attack on Facebook Live, prompting the social media network to remove 1.5 million copies of the video from its platform over the course of about 24 hours.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron announced the Christchurch Call earlier Wednesday in Paris at a meeting of digital leaders for the G7 nations, just two months after the March 15 mass shootings on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, left 51 dead and many wounded.

Facebook said Tuesday it would ban users from its Live streaming feature for a set period of time if they violate certain community guidelines.

Ardern called the changes announced on Wednesday "a good first step to restrict the application being used as a tool for terrorists, and shows the Christchurch Call is being acted on".

The tech giant said there would be a "one-strike policy" banning those who violate new Facebook Live rules.

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Around 8,000 New Zealanders called a mental health hotline after seeing the video, she told CNN.

The White House will not sign an global call to combat online extremism brokered between French and New Zealand officials and top social media companies, amid US concerns that it clashes with constitutional protections for free speech. The social media giant is instead sending Nick Clegg, its vice-president for global affairs and a former deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom.

It plans to extend other restrictions in the coming weeks, including preventing the same people from creating ads on Facebook.

Such violations would include sharing a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context, according to Rosen.

The Christchurch Call was drafted as 80 CEOs and executives from technology companies gathered in Paris for a "Tech for Good" conference meant to address how they can use their global influence for public good - for example by promoting gender equality, diversity in hiring and greater access to technology for lower income users.

It is unknown what other companies will take part in the Christchurch Call, or if the voluntary agreement will help the mainstream tech companies avoid government regulation.

US officials will be in attendance, as will some from Canada and Britain. Zuckerberg, who was in France to meet Macron last week, will not be attending. "And it's a hard line to draw sometimes", Kerry said.

"Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response".

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