A summit in Paris against the spread of violence online

New Zealand's premier, Labor Jacinda Ardern. – MARTY MELVILLE / AFP

Emmanuel Macron and the New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern sound mobilization against online violence by launching Wednesday's "Christchurch Call", two months after the live broadcast on Facebook of
the attack on mosques in New Zealand. The Elysee will bring together both heads of state and government such as King Abdullah of Jordan, Senegalese President Macky Sall or Britain's Theresa May, and bosses of the digital giants, including Google, Twitter and Facebook.

Their common concern? "Ask countries and major digital companies to act against terrorism and violent extremism online," says the Elysee. The attacks in Christchurch caused a shock as the attack was "designed to be viral," says Jacinda Ardern at World. Faced with such a phenomenon, "we can not act alone" at the scale of a country, insists the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, in The world. "You have to bring a global response to a global network."

Policies and patterns

This concern, together with that of Emmanuel Macron, led the two leaders to form the "Christchurch Appeal", which is joined by some 20 leaders and bosses, including Canadian Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau, Norwegian Erna Solberg and Irishman Leo Varadkar as well as Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla. "The objective is to give ourselves axes of work for the future" in particular in terms of "reactivity to the incidents", and "collaboration" between the different actors, platforms, states and civil society, underlines the Elysée.

This call will be launched at the second "Tech for Good" Summit, initiated in 2018, to discuss how new technologies can contribute to the common good, such as education and health. Emmanuel Macron has invited some 180 leaders from the digital world, including Jack Ma (Alibaba, Chinese Amazon), Ken Hu (Huawei), Dara Khosroshahi (Uber), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) and Eric Leandri (Qwant).

France is already preparing a law

Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, will not be, having preceded a few days at the Elysee, where he was received Friday by the head of state to discuss ways to fight against hate content. Against many Silicon Valley bosses, Mark Zuckerberg calls for government intervention in the regulation of large Internet platforms.

These discussions come as France is working on a law that would require social networks to remove the contents reported within 24 hours, under penalty of a large fine. Paris wants to promote such regulation at European level. It is with this in mind that the Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O, Wednesday brings together his G7 colleagues to discuss a draft charter on hate content on the Internet.

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