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PM to attend the Christchurch Call meeting on eliminating terrorist and violent extremist content online

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Published on May 13, 2019 with No Comments

The recent attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, have highlighted the urgent need for governments, tech companies, and civil society to work together to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  announced that he will travel to Paris, France, from May 15 to 17, to meet with government leaders and representatives of prominent social media companies to discuss concrete solutions to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

During the meeting, government leaders will explore how they can – and must – work more closely with the tech industry, especially social media platforms, to stop the internet from being used as a tool to organize and promote terrorism and violent extremism.

“Social media and other online platforms have connected people in many positive and unprecedented ways. But they have also increasingly become used as tools to incite, publish, and broadcast extremist violence and hatred. Governments and social media companies share an urgent responsibility to build a coordinated global response to eliminate this content – and make sure people can continue to have trust in online spaces,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During his visit, Prime Minister Trudeau will also attend VivaTech, an important gathering of technology leaders and start-ups, and will meet with Canadian start-ups. While at VivaTech, the Prime Minister will deliver remarks on trust in the digital world.

At the same time, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, will attend the G7 Meeting of Digital Ministers, which will focus on combating online hate and abuse.

 

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