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5/15, 6:00 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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WH refuses to join global effort to fight online extremism

The White House refused on Wednesday to endorse a global campaign aimed at fighting online extremism, citing constitutional concerns about freedom of speech as the reason behind the decision. The White House stated it will side with the international community in "condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online," but said it is not currently "in a position to join the endorsement."

The international call to stand up against online extremism is brokered between French and New Zealand officials as well as leading social media companies as a response to the recent mass shooting in two mosques in New Zealand's town of Christchurch, which was widely streamed on social media platforms such as Facebook.

The call to action dubbed the "Christchurch Call" is expected to be announced later today at an event in Paris which is attended by a number of world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and British Prime Minister Theresa May. The plan will urge governments and tech companies around the world to ramp up efforts to prevent the spread of harmful content online.

Breaking the News / FH