USA says it will not join Christchurch Call against online terror

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with French President Emmanuel Macron with whom she is hosting the summit

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with French President Emmanuel Macron with whom she is hosting the summit

Speaking with CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Ardern noted that even though her county has a strong hunting culture and had "pretty permissive gun legislation", most New Zealanders agreed after the Christchurch attack it was necessary to "draw the line".

The call was adopted by USA tech companies that also included Amazon, Microsoft and YouTube, along with France's Qwant and DailyMotion, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Leaders of Jordan, Senegal, Indonesia and the European Commission were also present.

Livestreaming is not the only video issue tech companies are battling when it comes to terrorism. According to her, the move "shows the Christchurch Call is being acted on".

US officials said they stand "with the global community in condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online", and support the goals of the Christchurch document.

The California-based platform said it would ban Facebook Live users who shared extremist content and seek to reinforce its own internal controls to stop the spread of offensive videos.

But it will be up to companies to develop specific tools or policies.

The group was founded two years ago by Microsoft, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to create a shared database of terrorist content and machine learning tools to identify violent images. "We will now apply a "one strike" policy to Live in connection with a broader range of offenses".

Arden welcomed the tech giants' agreement after Facebook announced earlier in the day it would set new rules for its live-streaming feature.

"We are sharing concrete steps we will take that address the abuse of technology to spread terrorist content, including continued investment in technology that improves our capability to detect and remove this content from our services, updates to our individual terms of use, and more transparency for content policies and removals", the joint statement said. That promotion happens on the president's Twitter feed, and it happens on so many Republicans' Twitter feeds that Twitter is afraid of stopping it and being accused of banning Republicans. The social media platform also will be investing US$7.5 million (~31.3 million) in these research.

The "Christchurch Call" meeting ran in parallel to an initiative launched by Macron called "Tech for Good" which brought together 80 tech executives to discuss how to harness technologies for the common good.

It is unknown what other companies will take part in the Christchurch Call, or if the voluntary agreement will help the mainstream tech companies avoid government regulation.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that while "a higher level of responsibility is demanded from all of the platforms", it is necessary to find a way to not censor legitimate discussion.

The Trump administration has been involved in efforts to end online terrorist content, including its September 2017 endorsement of the Zurich-London Recommendations on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism Online.