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Lowdown: The Christchurch Call signed by global tech companies and governments including India

Two months after the Christchurch terror attacks, the world’s biggest technology companies have jointly pledged to tackle violent and terror online content. Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft have signed the Christchurch Call to Action, which is being spearheaded by New Zealand... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, News, Microsoft, Government, India, Policy, Regulation, Terrorism, Freedom Of Speech, Christchurch, Intermediary Liability, Safe Harbour


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over "threats against information and communications technology and services" in the US. The executive order, signed Wednesday, is expected to precede a ban on US firms doing business with the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Huawei slammed Trump's 'unreasonable' ban, saying that the move will only harm US interests in its own 5G rollout. The firm said the ban infrin...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, White House, US, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Huawei, Christchurch, Alexa, Trump, Adam Neumann


World leaders, tech execs pledge to curb online violence

By Sylvie Corbet and Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies joined a dozen countries in a global pledge Wednesday to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks. World leaders led by French President Emmanuel Macron and tech executives gathered in Paris to compile a set of guidelines dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were kill...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, France, White House, US, Sport, European Union, Whatsapp, Soccer, Paris, New Zealand, John Kerry, Christchurch


Leaders and tech firms pledge to tackle extremist violence online

Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron host Christchurch Call summit in ParisWorld leaders and heads of global technology companies have pledged at a Paris summit to tackle terrorist and extremist violence online in what they described as an “unprecedented agreement”.Wednesday’s event, two months to the day since the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, drew up a “plan of action” to be adopted by countries and companies to prevent extreme material from going viral on the internet. Continue reading....
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Internet, Youtube, France, Social Media, World news, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, Jacinda Ardern, Christchurch shooting, Christchurch Call


White House refuses to endorse the “Christchurch Call” to block extremist content online

The United States will not join other nations in endorsing the “Christchurch Call” — a global statement that commits governments and private companies to actions that would curb the distribution of violent and extremist content online. “While the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the Call. We will continue to engage governments, industry, and civil society to counter terrorist content on the Internet,” the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, France, White House, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Christchurch, Poway Calif, Christchruch, Christchurch Call, France Australia Canada


WH Refuses To Sign Post-Christchurch Agreement To Crack Down On Hate Speech

The White House won’t be signing an international agreement brokered on Wednesday to crack down on the kind of extremist content online that contributed to the New Zealand mosque massacres in March. The “Christchurch call to action” is an anti-extremism initiative headed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron. It’s a global push for major tech companies and governments worldwide to prevent the spread of internet hate content, which leads to radicaliz...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Washington Post, White House, New Zealand, Hate Speech, Donald Trump, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, U K, Australia Canada, White Nationalism, Jacinda Ardern, Cristina Cabrera, New Zealand massacre


Daily Crunch: SF bans agencies from using facial recognition tech

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. San Francisco passes city government ban on facial recognition tech The Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, is the first ban of its kind for a major American city. The ban would not impact facial recognition tech deployed by private companies, but it wo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Kentucky, America, San Francisco, Tech, Intel, United States, New Zealand, American Express, Jeff Bezos, Facial Recognition, Christchurch, Fedex, Cincinnati


Trump won't sign social media “Christchurch call to action” to fight online extremism

Donald Trump's administration refuses to sign an international commitment to fight extremism online, citing concerns with free speech. The “Christchurch call to action” was brokered between officials in France and New Zealand and executives from the world's largest social media companies. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron are behind the call to action, which is scheduled to be unveiled later today, Wednesday, in Paris. From Tony Romm and Drew Harwe...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Washington, France, White House, United States, United Kingdom, Paris, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Christchurch, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Drew Harwell


US Will Not Sign Christchurch Call Against Online Extremism

The U.S. will not sign onto the "Christchurch call to action" against online extremism expected to be released Wednesday, citing concerns that the pact would violate free speech protections in the First Amendment, the Washington Post reports. From a report: The document, negotiated by New Zealand and French officials as a commitment to study and stop the spread of online extremism that motivated the Christchurch mosque shootings earlier this year, is expected to be signed by Australia, Canada an...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, New Zealand, Christchurch, U K, Australia Canada, First Amendment the Washington Post


Facebook introduces ‘one strike’ policy to combat abuse of its live-streaming service

Facebook is cracking down on its live streaming service after it was used to broadcast the shocking mass shootings that left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand in March. The social network said today that it is implementing a ‘one strike’ rule that will prevent users who break its rules from using the Facebook Live service. “From now on, anyone who violates our most serious policies will be restricted from using Live for set periods of time — for example 30 days — starting on ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Maryland, California, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Live, Computing, New Zealand, Myanmar


World leaders ask tech giants to tackle toxic content with Christchurch Call

On Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will ask tech companies to sign a pledge called the Christchurch Call, as The New York Times previously reported. Digital ministers of the Group of 7 nations are meeting tomorrow to talk about toxic content and tech regulation. The Christchurch Call is the first result on that work and a way to start involving tech companies with a nonbinding pledge. Named after the terrorist attack in Christchurch, the agreement should ask tech platforms t...
Tags: Social, Microsoft, Digital, Tech, Policy, Regulation, New York Times, New Zealand, Christchurch, G7, Wikimedia Foundation, Facebook Google, Facebook YouTube, French Economy Ministry, New Zealand Norway, Jacinda Ardern


France, New Zealand to launch a call to end online extremism

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of France and New Zealand will make a joint push to eliminate acts of violent extremism from being shown online, in a meeting with tech leaders in Paris on Wednesday. French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will launch the “Christchurch call” —named after the New […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, France, Ap, Nation, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, France New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern


New Zealand Seeking Global Support for Pledge to Counter Extremist Content Online

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is preparing a global push called the “Christchurch Call” to compel large internet platforms to do more about extremist content in the wake of a massacre of 51 Muslims at mosque in the country in March, the New York Times reported on Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Social Media, Cybersecurity, New York Times, New Zealand, Extremism, Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern


Big Tech is deleting evidence needed to prosecute war crimes, and governments want them to do more of it

War crimes are among the most grisly and difficult-to-prosecute crimes; and yet, ironically, the criminals have made it easier for prosecutors, by uploading videos celebrating their atrocities to Big Tech platforms like Facebook and Youtube, where they can act as recruiting tools for terrorists and extremists. It's these very videos that human rights activists, atrocity survivors and armchair sleuths turn to in order to perform "open source intelligence" analysis on the perpetrators, effect...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, UK, News, US, Eu, Atlantic, Libya, Gwot, Christchurch, Syria Yemen, KHATIB, Big Tech, SESTA, FOSTA


YouTube sets a goal of having half of trending videos coming from its own site

YouTube wants to have half of the featured videos in its trending tab come from streams originating on the company’s own site going forward, according to the latest quarterly letter from chief executive Susan Wojcicki. The letter, directed to YouTube’s users, is meant to help ease concerns the site’s biggest stars have over copyright challenges, advertising policies and video monetization — along with their shrinking presence on the site’s trending feature. It’s been a rough quarter for YouT...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, Media, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, United States, New Zealand, Susan Wojcicki, Christchurch, World Wide Web, Internet Television, Video Hosting, Wojcicki, Christchurch New Zealand


Government should stay out of social media

We are at a turning point in the history of the Internet. Until now Internet companies have been largely free of government regulation. Now tech CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook are saying “we need a more active role for governments and regulators.” Specifically he thinks government should regulate the harmful content of online speech. Governments are happy to oblige. The United Kingdom has just proposed ambitious plans “for a new system of accountability and oversight for tech companies, m...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, California, Opinion, Germany, Tech, Sport, Soccer, United Kingdom, European Commission, Sri Lanka, Christchurch, Bernie Sanders, John Samples, Marietje Schaake


'No right to livestream murder': Ardern leads push against online terror content

New Zealand PM launches ‘Christchurch Call’ to build support to eliminate extremist material on social mediaNew Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is to spearhead a push to combat violent extremism and terrorism on social media in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, saying the gunman did not have “a right to livestream the murder of 50 people”.Ardern and French president Emmanuel Macron will host a summit in Paris on 15 May, rallying tech companies and other concerned countries to commit to...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, France, Social Media, World news, Asia Pacific, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, Jacinda Ardern, mediaNew Zealand, Christchurch shooting


The Chinafication of the internet continues as the UK proposes blocking any service that hosts "illegal" or "harmful" material

Last year the US Congress passed SESTA/FOSTA, an "anti-sex-trafficking bill" that has resulted in the shuttering of all the services formerly used by sex workers to vet their johns, massively increasing the personal physical risk borne by sex-workers and reinvigorating the dying pimping industry, as sex workers seek out protectors. Not incidentally, SESTA/FOSTA has led to an overall hair-trigger on the part of platform operators, who -- facing massive liability for allowing a single prosti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, Post, UK, Craigslist, News, Congress, Australia, China, US, Eu, Antitrust, Eff, Gwot


Facebook Are 'Morally Bankrupt Liars' Says New Zealand's Privacy Commissioner

New Zealand's privacy commissioner has lashed out at social media giant Facebook in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, calling the company "morally bankrupt pathological liars." From a report: The commissioner used his personal Twitter page to lambast the social network, which has also drawn the ire of prime minister Jacinda Ardern for hosting a livestream of the attacks that left 50 dead, which was then copied and shared all over the internet. "Facebook cannot be trusted," wrote Edwards. "Th...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, New Zealand, Myanmar, Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern


U.K. proposes tough laws on big tech and Rebook denies Beyoncé diversity row: Monday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today The crackdown on big tech by governments across the world continues. Today, the U.K. government is announcing it wants to impose some of the toughest regulations in the world on tech firms. It's proposing legislation t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Japan, Zach Braff, Beyonce, Pinterest, Advertising, Adidas, Bloomberg, Netflix, Ofcom, New York Times, Cigna, New Zealand


U.K. proposes tough laws on big tech and Reebok denies Beyoncé diversity row: Monday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today The crackdown on big tech by governments across the world continues. Today, the U.K. government is announcing it wants to impose some of the toughest regulations in the world on tech firms. It's proposing legislation to...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Japan, Zach Braff, Beyonce, Pinterest, Advertising, Adidas, Bloomberg, Netflix, Ofcom, New York Times, Cigna, New Zealand


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Britain just laid out plans to end the internet's Wild West days and take a world-leading role in regulating big tech. If internet platforms fail to keep hate speech and content relating to sexual abuse, violence, terrorism or self-abuse off their services, they will face huge fines under the proposed new rules. Amazon paid $97 million to acquire Eero in a fire-sale deal that left some shareholders with practically nothing, acco...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Elon Musk, Pinterest, US, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Britain, New Zealand, Nasdaq, Wall Street Journal, Christchurch


Britain just laid out plans to end the internet's Wild West days and take a world-leading role in regulating big tech

Britain wants to end the internet's days as the Wild West by taking a world-leading role in regulating the world's biggest tech companies. The UK government said it wants to legislate for a new independent regulator that will oversee "harmful content" on social media, search engines, messaging, and file-sharing platforms. It would be the first time the UK regulates online safety, with the internet conventionally seen as ungovernable. If these platforms fail to keep hate speech and content rela...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Germany, US, Trends, Britain, Theresa May, Internet Association, Silicon Valley, Christchurch, Samsung Galaxy, Facebook Google, Facebook YouTube, Wild West


Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat execs could be named, shamed, and held personally liable for harmful content under new UK laws

Executives at Facebook, Google, and Snapchat might be held personally responsible if their firms don't delete harmful content off their services, according to UK government plans seen by The Guardian. A government policy paper, to be published Monday, is expected to introduce a much stricter regulatory regime for tech firms. The UK will establish a new regulator that will have the power to fine tech firms billions if they don't obey a new mandatory code of conduct. Australia is also mulling bi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Australia, Trends, Sport, Bbc, Ofcom, Christchurch, Cnet, Business Insider, James, Samsung Galaxy, Instagram Australia, Facebook Google, Facebook YouTube


Australia Passes Law To Punish Social Media Companies For Violent Posts

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Australia passed sweeping legislation Thursday that threatens huge fines for social media companies and jail for their executives (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) if they fail to rapidly remove "abhorrent violent material" from their platforms. The law -- strongly opposed by the tech industry -- puts Australia at the forefront of a global movement to hold companies like Facebook and YouTube accountable for the con...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Youtube, Tech, New York Times, Christchurch, Facebook Google, Christchurch New Zealand, Sunita Bose, Digital Industry Group


'I'm a very idealistic person': Mark Zuckerberg believes Facebook is still fundamentally a good thing even after Christchurch and Cambridge Analytica

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's still an "idealistic person" who believes giving everyone a voice is fundamentally a good thing. That is despite 18 months of persistent scandal for Facebook, including the Christchurch shooter livestreaming his lethal attacks on two mosques on the platform, the rise of anti-vaccine misinformation, and a number of data scandals. Zuckerberg also called for new laws around political advertising, saying it shouldn't be up to a private company to decide what ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Abc, Russia, Trends, Eu, Abc News, Christchurch, Zuckerberg, Facebook Instagram, Cambridge Analytica, Critics of Facebook, UK US India


Australia passes law to hold social media companies responsible for “abhorrent violent material”

On Thursday, Australia lawmakers ushered through what is perhaps the toughest legal measures to hold social media companies accountable for the content they share. Only a few weeks after the massacre of 50 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Australia’s House of Representatives passed a law requiring social media platforms to “expeditiously” remove content that shows kidnapping, murders, rape, or terrorist attacks. If the platforms fail to get rid of the content in a timely fashion e...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Media, Australia, India, America, Social Media, Tech, Bloomberg, European Union, United States, Digital Media, New-York-Times, House Of Representatives, President, New Zealand


Australia passes law to stop spread of violent content online after Christchurch massacre

Internet providers and tech giants like Facebook and Google will be compelled to remove violent content in a sweeping new law passed in Australia in the wake of the Christchurch massacre that killed 50 people.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Australia, Cnn, Christchurch


Australia passes social media law penalising platforms for violent content

Labor supports legislation in response to Christchurch shooting that threatens jail for executives, despite media companies’ concernsThe Australian parliament has passed legislation to crack down on violent videos on social media, despite furious reaction from the tech industry, media companies and legal experts.The Labor opposition combined with the ruling Liberal-National Coalition to pass the law on Thursday, despite warning it won’t allow prosecution of social media executives as promised by...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Media, Labor, Internet, Australia, Youtube, Social Media, Australia news, Digital Media, Australian politics, Labor party, Christchurch, Christian Porter


How France’s new digital minister plans to regulate tech

What happens when you’re working behind the scene with French President Emmanuel Macron and you suddenly become a minister? This is what’s happening to Cédric O this week who was appointed Minister for the Digital Economy on Sunday. I was the first journalist to interview him after his appointment. While Cédric O has been talking with the French tech ecosystem for years, he usually stays away from cameras and microphones. At the Elysée, he was in charge of France’s stakes in companies and tech i...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Isis, Privacy, France, Tech, Paris, Silicon Valley, Christchurch, French Tech, Zuckerberg, Emmanuel Macron, Digital Economy, Le Pen



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