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    White House Won't Sign Global Pact To 'Combat Extremism' Due To 1st Amendment Concern

    White House Won't Sign Global Pact To 'Combat Extremism' Due To 1st Amendment Concerns




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    The White House said on Wednesday that while it stands by the international community in "condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online," that it is "not currently in a position" to join a call to action in the name of the Christchurch shootings, spearheaded by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.

    "The United States stands with the international community in condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online in the strongest terms," the White House said in a statement, adding that it's "not currently in a position to join the endorsement," citing First Amendment concerns, and adding that "the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech."

    "We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press," the statement continued. Later in the day, the White House tweeted that the administration is "fighting for free speech online," while sharing a link to a government website where people can share their experiences with tech bias and censorship. Those who have joined the pact include the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, Italy, India, German and Spain - while technology firms including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are participating as well.

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    Ms. Ardern has used the Christchurch killings to rally support for increased vigilance toward keeping violent and extremist content off the world’s largest internet platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon have vowed to monitor their services more aggressively for material that encourages and facilitates violence. -NYT

    The "Christchurch Call" was described in a weekend New York Times Op-Ed by Ardern as a voluntary framework that "commits signatories to counter the drivers of terrorism and put in place specific measures to prevent the uploading of terrorist content."
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    It is named after the New Zealand city where white supremacist Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques on March 15, leaving 51 people dead. Prior to the attack, which was livestreamed over Facebook, Tarrant wrote a manifesto that claims how the internet influenced his views, which led to calls for social media platforms to enact greater censorship. In a joint statement, Amazon, Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft said: "The terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March were a horrifying tragedy. And so it is right that we come together, resolute in our commitment to ensure we are doing all we can to fight the hatred and extremism that lead to terrorist violence," adding "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."

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    Thankyou Trump!!!!! New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is an obvious TRANNY FREAK. The Christchurch Mosque shootings were OBVIOUS FALSE FLAG HOAXES. French President Emmanuel Macron used to work for NM Rothschild France and wants to flood Europe with 200 MILLION Africans over the next 20 years. They're the TERRORISTS!!!!!

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    US rejects ‘Christchurch call’ to censor ‘extremist’ online content over free speech concerns

    Published time: 16 May, 2019 00:38Edited time: 16 May, 2019 00:39


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    The US has refused to endorse a new global initiative to combat “violent extremism” online citing First Amendment concerns, even as US-based tech firms have joined France and New Zealand in embracing and defending the censorship.
    We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” the White House said in a statement on Wednesday, explaining that it was “not currently in a position to join the endorsement” even though it supported the pledge’s “overall goals.”
    [COLOR=#000000 !important]ALSO ON RT.COMFrance wants more govt regulation of Facebook and Zuckerberg calls it 'model' approach
    We maintain that the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech and thus we emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the primary means by which we can defeat terrorist messaging,” the statement added.
    Focusing on the “unprecedented” cooperation between governments and corporations, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern glossed over the US absence from the international agreement, insisting that Washington’s lukewarm response “demonstrates broad and unquestionable support for the call.”
    French President Emmanuel Macron was less sanguine, vowing “we will do everything so that we are able to get a concrete and more formal commitment” from the US.
    The “Christchurch Call,” unveiled Wednesday by Ardern and Macron, lays out comprehensive measures for restricting the spread of content deemed “violent extremist” or “terrorist.” While admitting that most countries already have laws governing such content, and most tech platforms already prohibit its sharing under their terms of usage, the proposal calls for closer cooperation between corporations, NGOs, and law enforcement, as well as between countries.
    Some “collaborative actions” recommended by the agreement include “investigating and prosecuting illegal online activity in regard to detected and/or removed terrorist and violent extremist content,” and “incident management teams” that can “broadly distribute information that is in the public interest” in response to “emerging or active events.”
    [COLOR=#000000 !important]ALSO ON RT.COMMedia collusion to censor Christchurch mosque shooter trial is understandable… and deeply sinister[/COLOR]Eighteen countries – including Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, and the UK – have signed on to the pledge, as have tech companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter. Facebook promised to ban users who violate its “most serious policies” from livestreaming and buying ads, while all five platforms pledged to develop tools, including AI and machine learning, to remove “extremist” content.
    This isn’t about freedom of expression,” Ardern insisted last month in response to free speech concerns from New Zealanders, “this is about preventing violent extremism and terrorism online.”
    But the involvement of Macron has troubled some. One of his first acts as president was to make permanent an emergency law allowing individuals merely suspected of terrorist links to be placed under a form of house arrest for up to a year. Earlier this year, he pushed for social media platforms to ban users guilty of “hate speech” from their platforms for life, just a week after espousing a novel definition of hate speech that included anti-Zionism in its meaning. The Christchurch Call does not define what constitutes “extremism,” and its enforcement is entirely dependent on individual governments.
    [COLOR=#000000 !important]ALSO ON RT.COMFree speech debate in New Zealand after mosque slayer’s manifesto banned[/COLOR]The proposal was named after the New Zealand city in which an Australian gunman murdered 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques back in March while live-streaming the attack on Facebook. In the aftermath of the attack, the government struggled to keep the footage from resurfacing on the web, imposing unprecedented restrictions on sharing and hosting the video including fines and even jail time.

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