Until now, live-streamed killings seemed like something we could all agree to be against. But Trump apparently believes there’s a bigger social-media problem. (GOOG, FB, TWTR)
The problem of toxic content on social media came to a head on Wednesday, in a surreal sequence of events.
The US refused to sign an international agreement aimed at stamping out terrorist and extremist content online.
Instead, the Trump administration launched an online tool to collect examples of people being censored on social-media platforms because of their political views.
It’s an absurd contortion of the free-speech debate that shows how far apart the country is.
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Americans finally agree on something: there’s a big problem with the stuff that people can say and do on social media.
Unfortunately, the country isn’t looking at the same news feed.
After years of misogynistic and racist trolling on platforms like Twitter and rampant, dangerous conspiracy theory videos on YouTube, the situation reached its breaking point in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.
The horrific massacre of 51 people, broadcast live on Facebook, galvanized society to finally take action. On Wednesday more than a dozen countries, as well as companies like Facebook and Google, signed the “Christchurch Call” — a somewhat vague but well-intentioned agreement to work to stamp out extremist and terrorist content online.
France, Canada, India, and 15 other countries linked arms to declare their commitment to stop something that everyone agrees is repugnant. That is, everyone except the US.
For reasons not entirely clear, the US said it was “not currently in a position to join the endorsement,” and cited free speech.
Lest anyone think the US government is blind to the social-media problem though, the Trump administration unveiled its own homegrown effort to ensure a healthy online discourse.
In a surreal sequence of events on Wednesday, hours after news emerged of the US rejection of the Christchurch accord, the White House launched an online tool to collect examples of political …read more
Source:: Business Insider