Jacinda Ardern

Ardern leads effort to curb online extremism

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice and Emergency Services precinct on March 28, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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New Zealand and France will lead efforts to stop the use of social media to organise and promote terrorism in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

A gunman killed 50 people in an attack on two mosques in March, while live-streaming the massacre on Facebook.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would co-chair a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on 15 May.

The aim is to get countries and tech firms to agree to a pledge to eliminate terrorist content online.

Ms Ardern told Radio New Zealand she had already spoken to a handful of chief executives about the pledge - known as the "Christchurch Call" - including Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg.

New Zealand Prime Minister opens inquiry into the Christchurch attack.
A royal commission will look at whether more could have been done to prevent the March 15 shootings.