New independent watchdog to keep extremists off internet

The leaders of New Zealand and France are backing a watchdog organization aimed at keeping internet platforms from being used by extremists — and preparing speedy responses to future attacks.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the Global Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was established in 2017 by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube after terrorist attacks with internet links, is being turned into an independent organization.

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Christchurch Call progress shows NZ making a difference
InternetNZ is pleased to see progress on the Christchurch Call after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led a side meeting at the United Nations General Assembly today.

The Call is gaining even more momentum with 31 new countries and two organisations signing up. This brings the total to 48 countries and three international organisations.

InternetNZ Chief Executive, Jordan Carter, says “it’s great to see continued commitment by key tech companies and governments to address terrorism and violent extremism online.

Tech companies back independent watchdog to tackle online extremism
A global working group set up by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft to remove extremist content will become an independent watchdog working “to respond quicker and work more collaboratively to prevent” attacks like Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

Ardern has pushed for stronger action since New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting in March, when a gunman attacked Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch. He killed 51 people and broadcast the attack live on Facebook.

Tech group to revamp in fight against online extremist content
A consortium of global tech companies, set up to combat extremist content online, said on Monday it plans to revamp the two-year-old organization and appoint an executive director.

Facebook Inc said the move makes the body an independent organization that would allow it to work with experts and government stakeholders.

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