Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on world leaders to press technology firms to tackle the “ungoverned” space of extremist internet content in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.
In a letter published Tuesday, the Australian leader asked the G20 summit host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that the issue is raised when leaders gather in Osaka this June.
Morrison is in the middle of a tough re-election campaign, where his party has faced persistent allegations of fuelling anti-migrant sentiment to appeal to conservative voters.
Morrison has spoken publicly several times to denounce extremism since the attack that killed 50 people in neighbouring New Zealand on Friday.
He has also taken aim at tech companies for their seeming inability to stop the propagation of extremist content, such as live footage shot by the gunman as he rampaged through the Al Noor mosque.
“They’ve created these capabilities, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, they’re available for peaceful and happy purposes, but we do know that they can be used and weaponised by terrorists of any description,” he told the press.
“If you can write an algorithm to make sure that the ads they want you to see can appear on your mobile phone, then I’m quite confident they can write an algorithm to screen out hate content on social media platforms,” Scott Morrison said.
“I’m sure we can work together to make sure they protect our citizens by ensuring that the tools that they have developed are not used by terrorists as weapons to advance their agendas of hate,” he added.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten backed that call, telling social media platforms, “If you help create the swamp, you can’t go missing when evil things start crawling out of it.”
Candle light vigil in memory of Nitisha in Australia
Hats off to the Indian community residing in Adelaide, Australia for proposing to organise a community candle light vigil silent procession to bade reverential good bye to the pious sole of 15 year old Nitisha Negi, primarily hailing from Uttarakhand, India community and living in Delhi who breathed her last while sadly ending her life in the Glenelg Beach having drowned in the ravishing tide of the river in Adelaide, Australia on 10th of December while four of the girls drowned with her could be saved though two of them were in extreme critical stage for two days while in hospital.
The candle light community vigil will take place on 24th December, 2018 on the back side of the Glenelg Beach House at 6.30 PM by a newly formed group called Justice for Nitisha Negi. In a facebook post put by Justice for Nitisha, the organisers of this community candle light vigil at Edelaide, Australia behind Glennelg Beach House says: SOULS never die they just pass away. Let’s come together and light a candle to say good bye to the departed soul.
A gentleman from Adelaide Robbie Benipal, originally, from Punjab and one of the main organisers’ of this candle light vigil is deeply shocked and concerned about Nitisha’s death and expresses his shock over the tardy pace of investigation in the whole matter.
He pledges to pressurise the authorities concerned to bring the investigation to its logical conclusion come what may. Robbie Benipal is too serious about this mishappening and is taking the matter to the highest level of investigation as he doubts that something is definitely fishy in the whole episode with interesting parties trying to influence and hush up the matter.
However, here in India, New Delhi the deputy chief minister of Delhi government Manish Sisodia who also participated in the cremation of the deceased footballer has ordered an enquiry and the outcome of the same is expected within a month.
It may be recalled that budding and outstanding prodigy footballer Nitisha Nagi, 15 years old had gone to participate from India to Australia in Pan global pacific games where it is said that she got drowned in the Glengl beach at Adelaide Australia. She was consigned to flames at Nigam Bodh Ghat in New Delhi just three days ago.
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