Facebook is cracking down on live-streaming with bans for rule breakers

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with French President Emmanuel Macron with whom she is hosting the summit

She then spearheaded a call for the world's biggest internet platforms to remove extremist content online after a livestream of the suspected gunman's attack was shared on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern are hosting other world leaders and leading tech chiefs on Wednesday to launch a new initiative aimed at curbing extremism online.

The decision puts the United States at odds with US tech companies including Facebook and Google, which are expected to support the effort.

Facebook's Live streaming feature policy has changed. Now, users who violate Facebook's "most serious policies" - such as sharing a link to statements from a known terrorist group - would be banned from broadcasting live videos on the platform for set periods of time.

"Starting today, people who have broken certain rules on Facebook - including our Dangerous Organisations and Individuals policy - will be restricted from using Facebook Live", Rosen said in a statement.

Facebook announced that it was putting $7.5 million into research partnerships with three U.S. universities to improve image and video analysis technology.

Facebook, Google, and Microsoft intend to sign the Christchurch agreement, the companies confirmed.

The White House has not said whether it will sign the document, and a spokesman declined to comment Tuesday.

Before the Christchurch attack, she said, governments took a "traditional approach to terrorism that would not necessarily have picked up the form of terrorism that New Zealand experienced on the 15th of March, and that was white supremacy".

Fewer than 200 people watched the live stream during the attack, which Facebook said it removed 29 minutes after it began. It also blocked 1.2 million of them at upload, meaning they would not have been seen by users.

The money will go to research improved detection of manipulated images, video, and audio, something that could also help deal with things like deepfakes.

"I've spoken to Mark Zuckerberg directly twice now, and actually we've had good ongoing communication with Facebook", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told CNN's Christiane Amanpour Monday.

The firms said they would update their terms of use to "expressly prohibit the distribution of terrorist and violent extremist content".

The White House will not sign an worldwide call to combat online extremism brokered between French and New Zealand officials and top social media companies, amid USA concerns that it clashes with constitutional protections for free speech.

The top 5 biggest scandals to rock social media giant Facebook. Zuckerberg, who was in France to meet Macron last week, will not be attending.

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