The White House on Wednesday declined to join a global call to combat the online world, referring to concerns about freedom of expression, but in the process, a new controversy began over its response to extremism.
Migrated drug condemnation by Capitol Hill lawmakers who have demanded that technical giants clear the plagues of potentially radicalizing material on their platforms in the wake of the lifelong attacks on worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.
"It is disappointing that once again the White House wants to put the United States in conflict with our allies in establishing reasonable global internet standards." Mark Warner (D-Va.), a vocal tech industry critic, told The Hill in a statement.
The White House's decision to opt out battles the United States with France, Canada, the European Union and the rest of the 17 countries that signed the so-called Christchurch Call, the largest international campaign against online extremism and terrorist content so far.
Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube – all US companies – also wrote on the non-binding pledge, presented at a world leader's summit in Paris on Wednesday.
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Christchurch Call asks the best social media to increase their efforts to investigate and remove toxic online content from their platforms, urging them to share more information about online terrorism with government agencies and investigating whether their algorithms are pushing users towards extreme content .
The effort will, after photography of New Zealand shooting, spread quickly over Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other major platforms earlier this year. The social media giants crawled to remove the 17-minute life stream, but the video took on a life of its own, with users on some points uploaded and shared clips as soon as once per second.
Since then, regulators and regulators around the world have promised to crack down on extremist content, especially from white supremacists, and have pushed companies to take concrete action or punishment.
But the United States has made a finer line, referring to freedom of expression and signaling is more hesitant than other countries to urge direct removal of certain content.
The White House in a statement said that while it stands with the international community to "condemn terrorist and violent extremist content online", it is not currently "capable of joining the approval."
The White House Science and technology policy said in its statement that it believes "the best tool to defeat terrorist games is productive speech."
"We argue that the best tool for defeating terrorist numbers is a productive speech and thus emphasizing the importance of promoting credible alternatives stories as the main way of defeating terrorist messages "the statement says.
However, the decision could open up the Trump administration for criticism it does not do enough to fight white supremacists.
Rep. Mike Rogers Michael (Mike) Dennis RogersTrump takes off to not join the anti-extremism pact FBI official sees tidal change in how platforms handle extremist content America must run on opportunities to strengthen national security in space MORE  (R-Ala.), Rated member of the House Homeland Security Committee, in a statement commended the companies signing on the pledge but did not mention the White House's decision to keep the US out of it.
"I applaud these companies for taking new steps in the face of recent acts of violence," says Rogers, raising concerns about "alien sites", such as 8chan and Gab, who have been linked to Christchurch shooting and other white supremacist attacks. ] The anti-defamation league in a statement says the decision shows that the United States "falls behind" to deal with the "global terror threat" of white superiority.
"It is incredibly daunting that the US government there is no reason to participate in these discussions and explore the possibilities of counteracting this sting, says ADL in the statement.
Critics have raised concerns about the Trump administration's treatment of white extremist violence and lawmakers at a hearing aid on domestic terrorism last week urged representatives with the FBI and the Home Security Department to step up their efforts to address the proliferating white supremacist and the Nazi online movements.
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"I'm not surprised," Thompson said. "They have shown that … something remotely related to right-wing terrorism, they are just reluctant to be critical."
Lara Pham, Deputy Chief of the Counter Extremism Project, called the White House Movement "discouraging."
"It seems obviously that the United States, unfortunately, still remains in many ways behind other countries on this issue," Pham said.
The governments of London, Paris and Berlin have worked on legislation that would force technology companies to monitor their platforms or otherwise face steep penalties. But in the US there is no similar congressional support.
On Wednesday, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon announced another set of commitments to follow with Christchurch Call. In a statement, companies pledged to coordinate their efforts on terrorist and extremist content, set specific guidelines for harmful material, invest in technology to automatically remove the extreme content of violence and more.
"The terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March were a frightening tragedy," the companies wrote in a joint statement. "And so it is right that we get together, determined in our commitment to do everything we can to fight hatred and extremism leading to terrorist violence."
The companies already make a lot of what they put into the statement, but Pham said the most "interesting" paragraph is the commitment to give more overview of life streaming.
On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it will begin to limit the use of its live streaming feature to users who violate its content policy.  Facebook Live has been a controversial feature since its inception years ago, and it has been used to publish acts of violence several times. Some critics have demanded that Facebook remove the lifecycle tool altogether.
Christchurch Call is a non-binding, voluntary mortgage and every government is encouraged to develop their own plans to deal with violent content online.
Pham said Hillen that she hopes the document will be considered a "framework for regulation in the future".
But at Capitol Hill, Democrats warn that they could take action if companies do not obey their promises.
"I believe as a legislature, we must send a message that if you will not do it as a good business practice, Congress must enter," says Thompson.