White House won’t endorse international call to block extremist content online

In the wake of the Christchurch shootings, social media platforms and governments alike have been struggling with how to deal with terrorist content online, and this week saw their first concrete response. On Sunday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a new commitment called the “Christchurch Call,” which calls on tech platforms and governments to adopt and enforce laws for removing extremist content.

The call is already attracting support from countries like France, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom as well as tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft. But at least one country is refusing to sign on to the agreement: the United States.

In a statement issued today, the White House said that it...

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