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Jacinda Ardern has a new mission: to fight extremism online

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will take up an honorary position to represent her country in a global crusade to eliminate all forms of terrorist and extremist content online, her successor announced on Tuesday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said in a statement that Ardern will take up the post of special representative to the “Christchurch Appeal” from April 17, which brings together governments, technology platforms and civil society from dozens of countries. .

The “Christ Appeal” is an initiative that Ardern herself promoted when she was Prime Minister of her country, after Australian supremacist Brenton Tarrant killed 51 Muslims in the New Zealand town of the same name on March 15, 2019. A partial broadcast of the massacre on Facebook Live.

In May 2021, the Christ Church Appeal summit, co-hosted by New Zealand and France in Paris, called for more transparency from internet platforms about how their algorithms work to prevent the spread of violent content, hate messages and misinformation. Radicalization of users.

Fifty hundred countries participated in this summit, as well as representatives of technology giants such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.

“Jacinda Ardern’s leadership in the Christchurch Address has already made New Zealand and the world a safer place,” said Hipkins.

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It is also known that Ardern will join the Earthshot Prize Board, chaired by England’s Prince William, and that she is fighting the climate crisis, as announced on the charity’s website on Tuesday.

With this, the popular New Zealand politician will end his legislative career in the Wellington Parliament this week, as reported by the news portal Stuff on Tuesday.

Ardern was elected prime minister in 2017 at the age of 37, a position she stepped down from last January and faced challenges such as the Christchurch massacre and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: El Diario





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