Social media companies joins Christchurch Call against terrorist, extremist content

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 10:17 CET | News

Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Amazon said they are committed to the Christchurch Call and will be taking on the spread of terrorist and extremist content on social media with a number of fresh initiatives. The Christchurch Call is a commitment by governments and tech companies to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. The call follows a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, which cause the deal of 51 people, with another 50 injured. 

Under the Christchurch Call, Twitter said it will update its terms of use, community standards, codes of conduct, and acceptable use policies. These will now expressly prohibit the distribution of terrorist and violent extremist content. The company said it will also will set up clear, conspicuous and easy to use ways for users to flag inappropriate content. Twitter will in addition invest in ways to better detect and remove terrorist and violent extremist content online. Technology used may include digital fingerprinting, maching learning and AI based systems. Twitter will also make better checks on livestreaming, so that unwanted content is not disseminated online. Finally, there will be transparency reports put out on a regular basis. 

With these initiatives, the company said it will work with other market players, such as industry, governments, educational institutions, and NGOs to better understand the nature of the content, to improve detection and removal technology and on crisis protocols. The parties will also work together on educating the public and on combatting hate and bigotry.

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Categories: Internet
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Countries: World
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