Arden and Macron Up against Social Media violence

Arden and Macron Up against Social Media violence

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and French President headed the “Christchurch Call” meeting in Paris. Representatives of Major Social media companies (Google, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Dailymotion, and Microsoft) and world leaders attend the meeting and pledged to curb social media violence.

The US did not respond to the call. No Government representative was present at the meeting.

Facebook has faced strong criticism after Christ church shooting video. 1.5 Million Copies of the shooting were removed by Facebook within 24 hours after the attack. Still, it’s not difficult to find on social media or the internet.

PM Jacinda told CNN that 8000 people called New Zealand’s Mental Health Hotline after watching the Video.

Facebook said it will disable the users from Live portal in case of sharing violent or extremist content.  A proactive approach, in this case, is difficult to come by. You cannot predict or identify the content before its uploaded. But later sensors can detect the content and block it.

“Following the horrific recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand, we’ve been reviewing what more we can do to limit our services from being used to cause harm or spread hate,” Guy Rosen, the firm’s vice president for integrity, said in a statement.

“You can’t prevent content from being uploaded: it would require the resources for tracking everything put online by all internet users,” said Marc Rees, editor in chief of the technology site Next INpact.

Corporate and Public Sector leaders vowed to take a strong initiative to make internet surfing safe. Some of the countries have already tightened the legislation for companies to take down offensive content uploaded by users or any authorities.


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