May 16, 2019, The Liberacy:- India has entered into the list of signatories on the Christchurch Call for Action to remove the violent and terror-related contents from the internet, including social media, as New Delhi agreed to sign the global document on Wednesday, 15th May 2019, in Paris. The Global Document was released and taken to the table by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.
The Idea of such a document took root when the French President Macron gave a visit to Wellington in April, and it resulted in the release of the massive Global Document on Wednesday. The Paris event on Wednesday was attended by major countries such as Indonesia, Canada, France, Britain, Ireland, Jordan, Senegal, and The European Union. The summit also included the major tech giants including Twitter, Facebook, and Microsoft.
The Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to the Republic of India, Ajay Prakash Sawhney attend the meeting to represent the Indian contribution.
The signed document mainly outlines the threat caused by the content rolling on the internet and pointed out the part of social media in the same. It also highlighted the need for social media to develop filters for the removal of any of the terror/violent content on their platform.
Facebook has been criticized previously for its refusal to the battle against such contents, but now, vanishing its past, Facebook has agreed to support the world to battle against the terror internet and has promised to tighten the restrictions with $7.5 million for the same.
The Christchurch killer posted a video of the massacre on facebook that was indexed heavily. The same happened during the Easter Sunday Attacks in Srilanka, after which the country has imposed bans on several social media platforms.
The same issue will be raised at the G-7 Summit in Biarritz and also during the G-20 Summit in Osaka.
Christchurch Call for Action is one of the rare incidents where most of the world and organizations has stood on one platform with the same intent to act against the terror, but they do not have The United States of America on board.