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Macron, Ardern host Paris summit against online extremism

AFP  |  Paris 

French and New Zealand's will Wednesday host other world leaders and leading tech chiefs to launch an ambitious new initiative aimed at curbing

The initiative, known as the "Christchurch call", was pushed by after a self-described white supremacist gunned down 51 people in a massacre at two mosques in the city in March, the country's worst atrocity of recent times.

Participants will be asked to commit to pledges to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content on and other

The political meeting will run in parallel to an initiative launched by called Tech for Good which will bring together 80 tech chiefs in to find a way for new technologies to work for the common good.

The summit comes as there is a growing realisation that the current abuse of by extremists must be countered, after the Christchurch attacker broadcast live footage on from a head-mounted camera.

has been the driving force behind the summit following the tragedy.

The New earned huge international prominence and respect after the attacks by reaching out to Muslim communities at home and vowing a widescale crackdown on extremist content.

Other key leaders attending include Jordan's Abdullah II, Canadian Justin Trudeau, British and

Prominent figures from tech and will also be present, most notably executive who will also have bilateral talks with Ardern.

However to the disappointment of some, a notable absentee will be Mark Zuckerberg, who held talks in with last week.

The social network giant, under fire from all quarters over its response to violent extremist content, will instead by represented by its vice for global affairs and communications Nick Clegg, the former British

The Christchurch call meeting is to get underway around 1400 GMT and finish with a press conference by Ardern and Macron at 1600 GMT.

The Tech for Good meeting will also be attended by the of ride hailing app Uber Dara Khosrowshahi, who will later have bilateral talks with Macron.

In an opinion piece in over the weekend, Ardern said the Christchurch massacre underlined "a horrifying new trend" in extremist atrocities.

"It was designed to be broadcast on the internet. The entire event was livestreamed... the scale of this horrific video's reach was staggering," she wrote.

Ardern said removed 1.5 million copies of the video within 24 hours of the attack, but she still found herself among those who inadvertently saw the footage when it auto-played on their feeds.

"(We're) asking both nations and private corporations to make changes to prevent the posting of terrorist content online, to ensure its efficient and fast removal and to prevent the use of live-streaming as a tool for broadcasting terrorist attacks," she wrote in

officials said she found a natural partner for the fight against in Macron, who has repeatedly stated that the status quo is unacceptable.

"Macron was one of the first leaders to call the after the attack, and he has long made removing a priority," New Zealand's to France, Jane Coombs, told journalists on Monday.

"It's a global problem that requires a global response," she said.

A French presidential source said it was time for tech companies to "anticipate how their features will be exploited."

Firms themselves will be urged to come up with concrete measures, the source said, for example by reserving live broadcasting to whose owners have been identified.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 10:25 IST