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The US says it supports international efforts to find ways to prevent social media from spreading hatred – but not participating in it.
In a statement released Wednesday, the White House praised the call for action on behalf of Christchurch, led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.
"The United States strongly supports the international community in condemning online terrorist and violent online extremist content," the White House said, adding, "they are currently unable to join the endorsement . "
That makes the US an outlier. Allies, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Italy, India, Germany and Spain, are listed as signatories to the effort. Numerous technology giants are also involved, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube.
In its statement, the White House suggested that concerns over the first change prevented the Trump administration from joining the agreement.
"We continue our efforts to combat terrorist content on the Internet while continuing to ensure freedom of expression and the press," the statement said.
Ardern said in a New York Times statement The "Christchurch Call" is a voluntary framework that "obliges signatories to oppose the terrorist drivers and take specific measures to prevent terrorist content from being uploaded" ,
It is named after the New Zealand town where a white Supremacist attacked two mosques in a rampage, killing 51 people. Parts of the March 15 attacks were broadcast live on Facebook.
The attacker's digital footprint, as well as his own claims about how the Internet shaped his views, led to renewed calls for social media platforms to do more against hate speech and against foreign governments. Nevertheless, they were ready to deal with the matter themselves in the hand.
Before meeting with world leaders and other technology companies in Paris for a "Tech for Good" summit, Facebook announced that new rules will be introduced for the Internet The company's livestream tool to restrict its use and " To cause harm or to spread hatred ".
In a rare joint statement, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon and Microsoft said: "The terrorist attacks in March in the New Zealand's Christchurch was a terrible tragedy, so it's right that we come together and do our utmost to do everything we can to combat the hatred and extremism that leads to terrorist violence. "