The “Christchurch Call To Action” to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online [fr]
On 15 March 2019, two months ago today, an attack against two mosques in Christique, New Zealand left 51 people dead and 39 injured. To spread terror, the perpetrator livestreamed the attack on Facebook for almost 17 minutes. Lives were taken, lives were destroyed, as thousands of viewers watched helplessly online. The video was shared thousands of times, including on other platforms such as YouTube, despite measures to take it down.
This attack showed that the Internet has become one of the preferred vehicles for terrorists to take action and spread their propaganda. Allowing the Internet to be used as a tool to spread terror would jeopardize the safety of our citizens. All actors – States, Governments and digital companies – needed to act quickly not only to react to the attacks but to be proactive and anticipate online threats.
On 15 May 2019, at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 10 Heads of State and Government as well as leaders of digital technology companies and organizations, all of whom are ready to take action, met in Paris. Together, they are launching an unprecedented joint initiative: The “Christchurch Call To Action” to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.
For the first time, the Christchurch Call To Action commits Governments and digital technology giants to take a series of concrete measures to eliminate terrorist and extremist content online and put a stop to the instrumentalization of the Internet by terrorists. It is based on one conviction:
- An open, free and safe Internet offers extraordinary benefits, but freedom of expression does not mean freedom to terrorize.
See the press conference by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern:
Read the full text of the Christchurch Call To Action:
- Text of the Christchurch Call To Action
- (PDF - 54.5 kb)
The support for the Christchurch Call To Action from the participants at the meeting in Paris on 15 May is the first step. Other countries, digital companies, NGOs, academics and stakeholders are now being urged to join.
For further information: www.appeldechristchurch.com