US joins “Christchurch Call to Action” against online extremism

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The United States has announced that it will be joining “Christchurch Call to Action” against online extremism.

About Christchurch Call to Action:

  • Christchurch Call to Action was launched during the Online Extremism Summit in Paris, France in 2019. The summit was co-chaired by New Zealand and France.
  • Objective: The Christchurch Call is a global pledge by member governments and technology partners. Under this, they work together to address terrorist and violent extremist contents online.
  • Named after: The call is named after the New Zealand city. In Christchurch, 51 members of the Muslim community were murdered in a live-streamed terrorist attack in 2019.
  • Member Countries: Seventeen countries originally signed the agreement. Another 31 countries signed the agreement later.
  • India: India is one of the member countries.
  • Sections: The pledge is non-binding. It consists of three sections or commitments.
    • The governments,
    • Online service providers and
    • Ways in which the earlier two can work together.
  • Measures: The plan commits Governments, international organizations and Internet companies to perform a range of measures. This includes,
    • Developing tools to prevent the upload of terrorist and violent extremist content;
    • Countering the roots of violent extremism;
    • Increasing transparency around the detection and removal of content;
    • Ensuring that algorithms designed and used by companies do not direct users towards violent and extremist content.

Source: AIR


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