The White House will not sign an international call to combat online extremism, negotiated between French and New Zealand officials and leading social media companies, as the US fears that it will interfere with constitutional law Protection of freedom of speech collided.
The decision will be made as Heads of State and Government prepare for it – on Wednesday called "Christchurch call to action", an action named after the New Zealand city in which a gunman seizes two mosques in one of online Hate inspired attack attacking the broadcast on social media sites. The document urges governments and technology giants to improve their efforts to investigate and stop the spread of harmful content.
Officials said they "stand by the international community when it comes to condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online" and support the goals of the Christchurch document. However, a White House statement said it was "currently unable to endorse the endorsement," which presumably will be signed by leaders from countries such as Australia, Canada, and Britain. The decision puts the US in conflict with US technology companies like Facebook and Google, which are expected to support these efforts.
A day earlier, White House officials expressed concern that the document might violate the first amendment.
] "We continue to proactively fight the fight against terrorist content on the Internet and continue to respect freedom of expression and press freedom," the White House said. "In addition, we maintain that the best tool to combat terrorism speech is productive speech, and therefore emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the main means of countering terrorism news."
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron organized a call for action to be released on Wednesday in Paris in response to Ardern's plea for greater social media accountability after a gunman attacked the Christchurch attack in March had broadcast live for millions to see online. Facebook, Google, and Twitter sought to remove copies of the violent video as soon as possible, triggering an international regulatory response that held that malicious actors had escaped the censors of Silicon Valley too easily.
Entering the Summit, Facebook announced two efforts to address regulators' concerns and stop the spread of harmful content on their services. Users who violate Facebook's "most serious policies", such as: For example, passing on a link to statements by a known terrorist group will block the broadcast of live video on the platform for a specified period of time. According to Facebook, the implementation of the policy may have prevented the Christchurch shooter from using the company's live streaming feature to stream attacks on the mosques.