White House refuses to back New Zealand call to block extremist content online

A dozen countries including the UK, France and New Zealand, as well as technology giants, have supported the "Christchurch Call". sky news
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The White House has refused to back an international commitment to prevent the spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online.

A dozen countries including the UK, France, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, as well as technology giants such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, have supported the “Christchurch Call”.

But the US has not, with the Trump administration saying it was not “currently in a position to join the endorsement”.

This may be down to broader right-wing concerns over taking some conservative commentators off social media platforms.

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Earlier this month, Facebook banned far-right commentators and conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos.

And some Republicans in the US have suggested the approach disproportionately targets conservatives.

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