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Canada joins Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorist violent extremist content online

16 May 2019 at 05:35 | 416 views

Canada joins Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online Paris, France - May 15, 2019

The internet bridges divides and helps us build a more open, inclusive world. But it has also increasingly become a tool for terrorism and violent extremism. The March 2019 terror attack in Christchurch was a harrowing reminder that we need to take coordinated action to prevent social media and other online platforms from being used as a tool to incite, publish and promote terrorism, violence, and hatred.

Today (05/15/2019), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, President of France Emmanuel Macron, other government leaders, and industry leaders to adopt the Christchurch Call to Action – a global pledge to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

Through the Christchurch Call, governments and online services providers are making voluntary, collective commitments to prevent people from abusing the internet to promote and sensationalize acts of terrorism. These commitments include:

- Building more inclusive, resilient communities to counter violent radicalization
Enforcing laws that stop the production and dissemination of terrorist and extremist content online

- Encouraging media to apply ethical rules when reporting on terrorist events to avoid amplifying terrorist and violent extremist content

Many of the Christchurch commitments match the priorities of the National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence, which the Government of Canada launched in December 2018. Through the National Strategy and the Christchurch Call, the Government of Canada will continue to provide international leadership on countering radicalization to violence and eliminating terrorist and violent extremist content online.

Photo: 2018 photo of Trudeau and Arden

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