Leaders of France, New Zealand, Great Britain and Internet giants have agreed to step up the fight against terrorist content on the Internet. The US did not join the communique but recognized the need to take action.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, JacindaArdern, her British counterpart Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and other politicians gathered in Paris to discuss measures to combat terrorism in social networks. Twitter executives Jack Dorsey, Facebook director of international affairs, former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Google Walker, senior vice president of global communications at Google, attended the meeting.
At the end of the discussion, they signed a communiqué on the need to intensify the fight against the spread of extremist and terrorist content on the network, reported the New Zealand publication Stuff. The administration of President Donald Trump refused to sign the communiqué, but the White House statement says that the US will continue to wage an active fight against terrorist information on the Internet, “respecting freedom of speech and freedom of the press.” This was reported by The Washington Post, citing a statement by the US administration.
The final communiqué was signed by representatives of 17 states (in addition to those listed – Australia, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden) and an IT company. The agreed document is not legally binding. In it, the authorities of the signatory states promise to make additional efforts to rally the societies in their countries in order to get rid of the underlying causes of terrorism. They also expressed their intention to more strictly monitor the implementation of the existing legislation in the countries to counter extremism. IT companies have committed themselves to take additional “concrete and transparent measures” to combat extremist content, and also to develop such algorithms so that users do not receive information from radical groups.
On the eve of the Paris summit, Facebook announced the tightening of live broadcasting rules on its resource. As stated in the statement of the company, henceforth, users who have violated the rules of the social network will not be able to broadcast live. “From today, anyone who even breaks our rules for the first time will be suspended from using live broadcast for a period of time, for example, 30 days,” the statement said. Facebook also announced a decision to invest $ 7.5 million in research that would prevent the publication of prohibited materials on its resource, bypassing the rules and blocking systems.