And while it is just one step, the accord is another clear sign of the world-wide backlash against what the big tech companies have unleashed on democratic societies.
The meeting, the first of its kind, in Paris overnight saw all of the major technology companies, 17 countries and the European Commission sign up to the call initiated by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, in the wake of the Christchurch attack that killed 51 people.
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The adoption of the Christchurch Call brings together tech companies and nations in way that has never been done before, Ardern said, including changes Facebook has already made to its rules on live streaming.
It also said it would fund research at three universities on techniques to detect manipulated media, which Facebook's systems struggled to spot in the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks. The initiative calls for limits on violent, hateful content and urges social media platforms to reexamine their algorithms. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is making the trip to Paris, the company said this week, while the White House is dispatching President Donald Trump's top tech adviser.More news: Woman allegedly killed elderly man who asked her to 'be nice'
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"For example, someone who shares a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time".
Ardern said today she was encouraged by Facebook's move.
Ardern is playing a central role in the Paris meetings, which she called a significant "starting point" for changes in government and tech industry policy.
He added that Facebook had plans to extend these restrictions to other areas as well, including the ability to create ads on the platform.
Ardern and Macron have insisted that the Christchurch guidelines must involve joint efforts between governments and tech giants.
"We welcome the continued momentum provided by support for the Christchurch Call as we work with global partners towards our mutual objectives for an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet". The most serious offences will result in a permanent ban.