India has recently joined a major global initiative called ‘Christchurch call to action’ to combat extremism and terrorism online and make the internet a safe and secure place. It was signed by a group of governments and major tech companies at a summit in Paris.
A total of 18 countries including the European Union (EU) supported the initiative along with representatives of online giants like Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Amazon, and Twitter. It is a non-binding set of agreements to combat the spread of hate and violent content online. It was signed by a group of governments and major tech companies at a summit in Paris.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron recently launched an ambitious new initiative called “Christchurch Call”, which is aimed at curbing extremism online. The initiative was pushed by Ms. Ardern in the backdrop of extremist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand city on 15 March 2019, in which a white supremacist gunned down 51 people and broadcasted live footage on Facebook. This gave rise to the growing realization that the current abuse of social media by extremists must be countered.