Facebook changes livestream rules after New Zealand shooting


Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter issued a joint supporting statement, outlining in further detail actions they would take individually or together to combat abuse of technology to spread extremist content. The decision puts the United States at odds with USA tech companies including Facebook and Google, which are expected to support the effort. The decision puts the United States at odds with USA tech companies including Facebook and Google, which are expected to support the effort.

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Unlike previous official attempts to regulate the internet, "the Christchurch Call is different in that it associates all actors of the internet" including the tech companies themselves, Macron said.

The United States has snubbed a widespread agreement struck at the Christchurch Call to Action in Paris today to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

The White House will not sign an worldwide 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.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Paris this week to attend the summit. The partnership announced Wednesday started as a conversation between Smith and Ardern in New Zealand following the attack.

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A who's who of USA tech and social media giants is joining forces with global leaders to fight the violent extremism that has found a voice on their platforms.

While the administration supports the document's goals, it fears some of its language would run counter to the Constitution's First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, according to two people familiar with the deliberations but not authorised to discuss them on the record.

Facebook says it is tightening rules around its livestreaming feature - a move New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says is a "good first step". Interestingly, the Christchurch Call for Action is a rare instance where governments and private sector have made similar pledges with the same intent. The US government says it will "continue to support the overall goals reflected in the Call", however, it is "not now in a position to join the endorsement". Therefore, if a user posted content leading to a terrorist website, they'd be banned from livestreaming.

"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".

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. "And so we must ensure that in our attempts to prevent harm that we do not compromise the integral pillar of society that is freedom of expression", she wrote.

Ardern said at the time that tech companies could do a great deal more to tackle the spread of violent content.