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U.S. Won’t Join Pact Against Online Extremism

The U.S. won’t be joining an international agreement aiming to fight online extremism founded by leaders from France and New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacre, which was live-streamed online, citing concerns that it would conflict with free speech requirements.

The rift shows that in the U.S., despite heated anti-tech political rhetoric from both sides of the political aisle, First Amendment concerns are winning out over calls for enhanced government action to regulate what’s allowed on social media—for now.

Australia, Canada, Japan, the U.K. and other countries are expected to sign the pledge, while Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft all have already signed on. Facebook also announced today it is changing its rules for the Live streaming feature, kicking off people who break the feature’s policies for periods of time.

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