Microsoft, other technical giants, form a group to combat online extremist content

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Tech giants join forces in the fight against violent online content. Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter today made a joint statement announcing The Christchurch Call, named after the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, as a group committed to "eliminating" terrorist and violent extremist content online. "

"The terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March were a horrific tragedy, and it is therefore good that we come together, resolutely committed to ensuring that we do everything we can to combat the hatred and extremism that led to terrorist violence lead to combat, "the companies said in a joint statement.

The formation of the Christchurch Call will expand the work that the companies have already done through the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). For Microsoft in particular, this is the culmination of a call to action that Microsoft President Brad Smith started in March, shortly after the Christchurch attack.

As part of the group formation, the companies involved outlined a nine-step plan for combating extremist content online. The plan covers everything from reports on education and transparency to collaboration on the development of open source and AI tools to detect and remove extremist content.

"Terrorism and violent extremism are complex social problems that require a full social response." For our part, the commitments we make today will strengthen the partnership that governments, society, and the technology industry must have to face this threat. "

This is an important step after the Christchurch attack, when video of the attack was posted and shared more than 1.5 million times on Facebook in the first 24 hours only. As Smith argued in his blog post for more collaboration between tech companies after the attack, competition is indispensable for a dynamic technology sector, collaboration is necessary when circumstances such as these occur.

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