Among other efforts, the companies said they would work with governments and NGOs to establish “crisis protocols” for responding to active events so information is shared and acted upon faster. They also pledged greater industry support for research into online hate and offline violence as well as their intention to continue improving technology to catch extremist content.
“Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response,” the tech companies said in a joint statement provided to CNN Business. “The commitments we are making today will further strengthen the partnership that Governments, society and the technology industry must have to address this threat.”
The call to action was formally unveiled Wednesday as part of a meeting of government and industry leaders in Paris, including French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the latter of whom has emerged as a leader in the effort to crack down on online extremism since the shooting that left dozens dead.
Separately, Facebook announced plans to change its livestreaming rules. Starting Wednesday, people who break Facebook’s “most serious policies” will be immediately banned from using Facebook Live for a period of time, such as 30 days.
Under the new policy, the alleged Christchurch shooter would not have been able to livestream the massacre from his account in March, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business. They did not say what rules he had previously broken.
— CNN’s Heather Kelly contributed to this report.