UPDATED 12:56 PM PT — Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Multiple heads of state gathered in France Wednesday to launch a new initiative aimed at reducing online extremism. Headed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron the Christchurch call is bringing world leaders and technology leaders together in Paris.
Participants are being asked to commit to eliminating terrorist and extremist content on social media and online platforms. Ardern said the meeting is a starting point to develop an action plan.
“This is the first time that we’ve got both governments and tech companies coming together,” said New Zealand’s prime minister. “That means that when we’re talking about algorithms it’s going to be the beginning of the conversation, not the end of one and so, let’s start that.”
The attacker in the Christchurch massacre in March broadcast the incident on Facebook using a head-mounted camera.
Other members of the meeting included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May. The United States is not expected to join the initiative.