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Macron and Ardern announce measures against online extremism | All Charts News - breaking news english

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Date created : 15/05/2019 – 17:51Latest update : 15/05/2019 – 18:50

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hosted a first summit for the Christchurch Call initiative on Wednesday aimed at curbing online extremism. Watch their press conference live on the video player above.

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The Christchurch Call initiative was spearheaded by Ardern after a gunman who identified himself as a white supremacist killed 51 people at two mosques in March in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country’s most deadly attack of recent times.

The summit, attended by world leaders as well as representatives from global tech giants, comes amid a growing realisation that social media must be better regulated to prevent it from being weaponised by extremists like the one at Christchurch, who broadcast live video of the massacre on Facebook from a head-mounted camera.

Those attending the summit pledged to implement new measures aimed at suppressing violent or extremist content. “The dissemination of such content online has adverse impacts on the human rights of the victims, on our collective security and on people all over the world,” they said in a statement.

Watch a joint press conference by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern live on the video player above beginning at 6pm Paris time (GMT+2).