New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern engages in televised debate with national leader Judith Collins on TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand on September 22, 2020 Fiona Goodall / Poole via REUTERS / Photo from file
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday that global leaders and technology companies seeking to root out violent extremism on the Internet will need to focus on understanding the social media algorithms that drive content.
Ardern spoke at a virtual summit marking the second anniversary of the global initiative to end online hate, called the Christchurch Call, launched by Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 after a white supremacist killed 51 people in two mosques in New Zealand. the city of Christchurch during its Facebook rampage livestream.
Since then, more than 50 countries, international organizations and technology firms have supported the initiative, including firms such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft.
“The very existence of algorithms is not necessarily a problem, it matters whether they are used ethically or not. This is one of the most important community challenges next year, along with expanding the network itself, ”Ardern said at a press conference after the forum. …
Ardern said big tech companies have expressed a real desire in the forum to use algorithms for positive intervention. However, she did not elaborate on how firms will change their use of algorithms that manipulate malicious content and lead to radicalization.
The Christchurch Call was first joined by the United States, which changed policy two years after former President Donald Trump’s administration refused to participate, citing concerns about free speech. read more
The event was attended by world leaders, including Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Global Internet Forum Against Terrorism (GIFCT), a non-governmental organization founded by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube and joining the Christchurch Call, said progress has been made since 2019.
The agency has responded to more than 140 incidents since 2019, with participating companies sharing information and situational awareness to understand if an attack has a specific online dimension, according to a separate statement.
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