Microsoft President Brad Smith. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)
Six weeks ago, Microsoft President Brad Smith sat down with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern to discuss how to prevent the online spread of a violent attack, like the one that had just occurred in Christchurch.
That was the beginning of what would become a partnership of nations across the globe and several of America’s most powerful technology companies.
Go deeper: Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and other tech giants pledge to crack down on violent extremism in ‘Christchurch call to action’
On Wednesday, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter joined forces with the leaders of France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and others to form the “Christchurch call to action.” They launched the new coalition at an event in Paris. It involves a broad range of commitments from U.S. tech companies to curb the spread of violent extremist content on their platforms.
GeekWire caught up with Smith by phone following the event. Continue reading for our edited conversation about the Christchurch call to action.
GeekWire: How did it go this morning?
Brad Smith: It went well. It was actually a meeting of real and perhaps even historic importance. We had nine heads of state and the …read more