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Tech giants pledge support for Christchurch Call

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Tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and have come out in support of Call which aims to address via a nine-point plan.

"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," the tech companies said in a joint statement on late Wednesday.

The White House, however, announced that it would not be endorsing a call from international leaders to combat as a response to terror attack in

In a statement, the said that it "was not currently in a position to join the endorsement."

After the attacks at two mosques in city that claimed 51 lives in March, claimed it removed 1.5 million videos of the attacks within the first 24 hours itself. It also said it blocked 1.2 million of them at upload, meaning they would not have been seen by users.

Facebook's for and Communications joined government and industry leaders on Wednesday for a meeting in on how to curb the spread of terrorism and

At the meeting, hosted by French and Jacinda Ardern, along with Microsoft, Twitter, and signed up to the Christchurch Call to Action.

"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," said the companies.

As part of collaborative actions, the companies would develop a of the contexts in which terrorist and violent extremist content is published and to improve technology to detect and remove terrorist and violent extremist content more effectively and efficiently.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 10:14 IST