New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron would host the meeting to discuss how to end extremist activity on social media in the wake of recent terror attacks.
“We are asking for a show of leadership to ensure social media cannot be used again the way it was.”
“These past years, the number of deaths resulting from terror attacks on the French territory has been considerable,” said a spokesperson for the president. “And given what has happened in New Zealand, of course there was a common initiative to combat hate speech on social media.”
At the May 15 meeting in Paris, world leaders and tech executives will be invited to sign a pledge called the “Christchurch Call,” which aims to “end the use of social media for acts of terrorism,” according to Ardern.
Prime Minister Ardern again called out the company on Wednesday, saying that “it’s critical that technology platforms like Facebook are not perverted as a tool for terrorism.”
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business that it welcomed the opportunity to work with government and industry experts on establishing a clear framework of rules, and was “evaluating how we can best support this effort.”
Google also vowed to “continue to engage on this crucial issue,” saying that it had invested heavily in human review teams and would keep developing new standards and technologies to take down extremist content.
Twitter, which says that 95% of terrorist content on its platform “is removed proactively” using in-house technology, said it would continue to find ways to prevent new accounts from being opened by terrorists and halt the spread of propaganda after attacks.
“Our work will never be complete, as the threats we face constantly evolve,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “We share a common goal with governments all around the world, including in New Zealand, to find real, lasting solutions to building a safer internet and welcome the opportunity to work together with our peers towards a global solution.”
Barbara Wojazer contributed to this report.