Twitter boss Jack Dorsey meets Jacinda Ardern over extremist content

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for discussions about eliminating extremist content online.

The CEO posted a photo showing him standing alongside Ardern on Monday. It's their first meeting following the launch of the Christchurch Call in Paris - a pledge by 16 countries and eight technology companies to eliminate terrorist content from the internet.

"Met PM @jacindaardern at the Beehive today for a followup discussion on the Christchurch call," he tweeted.

"Also my first time in New Zealand. Kind folks and beautiful environment."

A spokesperson for Ardern told Newshub last week that the discussions would be on "eliminating terrorist content from social media platforms".

Netsafe CEO Martin Cocker expects the discussion to be similar to those his team regularly has with the social media platform.

"We're both against the kind of harmful content that occurred around the Christchurch attacks, but practically getting rid of it is going to be difficult. I'd imagine they're going to have a conversation about the way that they balance free speech against harmful content on the platform."

Ardern's office wouldn't confirm if she would raise the existence of notorious far-right messageboard 8chan's Twitter account.

8chan received attention in New Zealand after the alleged Christchurch shooter posted links on it to a livestream of the March 15 massacre.

In recent months, other extremists have uploaded manifestos to 8chan immediately before carrying out mass shootings.

However 8chan's Twitter account remains active and is also verified by Twitter with a blue tick. Many are continuing to call for the account to be suspended.

Gwen Snyder, who researches the alt-right, has been one of the biggest supporters of the #unTwitter8chan campaign, organising efforts to boycott companies which advertise on Twitter.

She said: "Twitter has a moral obligation to #untwitter8chan. If their hearts are too cold to hurt for the murdered, we'll make their wallets hurt. Let's do this."

Twitter has regularly been criticised as having a light touch when it comes to enforcing its own rules against extremism.