26 Nov

New Zealand PM says Facebook, others must do more against online hate

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Tech giants like Meta's Facebook and world leaders needed to do much more to stamp out violent extremism and radicalisation online, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday.

Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron launched a global initiative to end online hate in 2019 after a white supremacist killed 51 people at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch while live-streaming his rampage on Facebook.

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This Christchurch Call initiative has been supported by more than 50 countries, international organisations and tech firms, including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft.

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Ardern said on Friday the initiative had been successful in its first aim of establishing a crisis protocol, including a 24/7 network between platforms to quickly remove content, in response to events like those in Christchurch.

We have had real world stress-testing of those systems and they have worked very effectively, Ardern said in an interview.

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