The White House refused to join a global call to fight online terrorism on Wednesday, citing concerns over freedom of expression, but sparked another controversy over its response to extremism.
The decision was condemned by the legislature on Capitol Hill demanded that tech giants curb the scourge of potentially radicalizing material on their platforms following attacks on believers in two mosques in March in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"Once again disappointing The White House wants to bring the US into conflict with our allies when it comes to establishing sound global Internet standards. "Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), A critic of the vocal tech industry, told The Hill in a statement.
The White House With the decision to phase out, the US is at odds with France, Canada, the European Union, and the other 17 countries that have joined the so-called Christchurch Call, the largest international campaign against online extremism and terrorism Content.
Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube – all American companies – also joined the noncommittal pledge presented Wednesday at a summit meeting with world leaders in Paris.
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The Christchurch Call urges leading social media companies to step up their investigation efforts and remove toxic online content from their platforms and urge them to commit to more information on online terrorism with government agencies Sharing and investigating if their Al Gorithmen are driving users to extreme content.
The effort is due to the fact that the footage from the New Zealand shots spread quickly on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other major platforms earlier this year. The social media giants have been trying to remove the 17-minute livestream, but the video has taken on a life of its own. From time to time, users have uploaded and shared clips as fast as once per second.
Since then, legislators and regulators have been circulating The world is committed to stopping extremist content, especially from white supremacists, and forcing companies to take concrete measures or penalties.
However, the US has taken a more specific route and raised concerns about freedom of expression, and this is more reluctant to signal the complete removal of certain content than other countries.
The White House said in a statement that while the international community is "condemning terrorist and violent extremist online content," it is not "currently able to join in support." [19659002TheWhiteHouse'sScienceandTechnologyPolicyOfficesaidinthestatementthatit'sthe"bestcounter-terrorismtoolisproductivelanguage"
"We argue that productive language is the best tool to combat Is therefore emphasizing the importance of promoting credible alternative narratives as the main means of countering terrorism news. "The statement states:
Rep. Mike Rogers Michael (Mike) Dennis RogersTrump is of the opinion that he has not joined the anti-extremism pact. The FBI official sees a change in the way platforms deal with extremist content. America needs to seize the opportunities to strengthen national security in space. MORE ] (R-Ala.), A senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, in a statement praised the companies that signed the pledge, but did not mention the White House's decision to keep the US away from him.
"I applaud these companies for having taken new steps in the face of recent violence," Rogers said, raising concerns about "marginal sites" such as 8chan and Gab related to the shootings in Christchurch and other attacks by white Supremacists , 19659002] A statement by the Anti-Defamation League states that the decision indicates that the US is "falling behind" in coping with the "global terror threat" of white supremacy.
"It is incredibly daunting that the US Government The government does not seem willing to participate in these discussions and explore ways to counteract this scourge," the ADL said in the statement.
Critic Last week, representatives of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security urged their efforts to step up White's growing concerns over the Trump Administration's treatment of white extremist violence and legislators at a House House hearing on domestic terrorism Attacking Supremacist and Neo-Nazi Movements Online.
Rep. Bennie Thompson Bennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: Instagram Fights Anti-Vaccine Tags | Facebook Co-Founder Faces Enterprise Separation | House Dems reintroduce Electoral Security Act | Legislators provide legislation twurf for cybersecurity reintroduces IT training for House House Dems to protect elections from cyber-attacks Hillicon Valley: Trump signs executive order for cybersecurity | Facebook prohibits "dangerous" numbers | Dems Slam Tech's reaction to extremist content Trump meets Foxconn CEO over factory plans in Wisconsin MORE (D-Miss.), The chairman of Homeland Security Committee of the House, the tech company because of the issue of online content Terrorists pressured, told The Hill that he believes the whites House's ruling is based on reluctance to crack down on right-wing extremists.
"I'm not surprised," said Thompson. "They have shown that … everything related to right-wing terrorism is reluctant to be critical."
Lara Pham, deputy director of the project to combat extremism, described the White House's move as "disappointing." "
" It clearly shows that the US is still behind many other countries on this issue in many ways, "said Pham.
Governments in London, Paris and Berlin have worked on laws that would force technology companies to do so monitor their platforms or face severe penalties, but there is no similar Congressional push in the US
Twitter, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon announced additional commitments on Wednesday to support the Christchurch Call Companies to coordinate their efforts against terrorist and extremist content, set up specific policies against harmful material, invest in technology to automatically remove violent extremist content and more.
"The terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March was one terrible tragedy, "wrote the company in a joint statement. "And so it is right that we come together and do our utmost to do everything possible to combat the hatred and extremism that leads to terrorist violence."
Companies Are Already Doing Much of What They Have Explained According to Pham, the most "interesting" piece is the commitment to have more control over live streaming.
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would limit the use of the live streaming feature for users violating its content policies.
] Facebook Live has been a controversial feature since its launch years ago, and has been used multiple times to publish violent acts. Some critics called on Facebook to completely remove the livestreaming tool.
The Christchurch Call is a non-binding, voluntary promise, and each government is encouraged to develop its own plans for dealing with violent online content.
Pham said The Hill, which she hopes will comply with the document, is considered a "framework for future regulation."
On Capitol Hill, however, Democrats warn that if companies fail to live up to their promises, they can take action.
I think as legislators we need to send a message that Congress needs to intervene if you do not want to do that as a good business practice, "said Thompson.