Social networks urged to fight hate online

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France is trying to convince its partners to better regulate social networks. The circulation of hate speech with impunity demonstrates the lack of current regulatory systems.

Major platforms like Facebook and Twitter, however, have strengthened their control. In recent years, Facebook has recruited hundreds of moderators in all languages ​​and has just announced that it increases their salary.

But it appears that his efforts are largely insufficient, as demonstrated by the episode of Christchurch. During this attack on a mosque in New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, it took more than 29 minutes for Facebook to block the live broadcast of the attack by the terrorist, thanks to a connected camera he was wearing on him.

The"Call of Christchurch"

Heads of government and big bosses of the Tech will look into this subject at the summit "Tech for good" organized by the Elysee Wednesday, May 15. Jacinda Arden, New Zealand's Prime Minister, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, and Twitter founder Jack Dorcey are expected to launch a "Call of Christchurch" to engage all stakeholders in the world. ecosystem to better combat violent extremism online.

On the same day, the G7 ministers will be gathered to work on a charter that could then be introduced into the law of all countries that want to join it. It should provide for sanctions for all platforms that are unable to detect hate speech and remove them within 24 hours This charter should be made public in August at the summit of the G7 leaders in Biarritz .

France in the forefront

" We think that the major platforms must enter a phase of maturity, says Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital. If the only countries capable of regulating social networks are undemocratic states, then the survival of these services is engaged. Citizens are entitled to request that the rules be respected on the Internet. "

In the G7, France pushes for more restrictive regulation. It comes up against the reluctance of the United States, which does not want to consider anything that would go against freedom of expression, protected by the constitution.

The reticence of Mark Zuckerberg

On Friday, May 10, after a meeting with the French president, Facebook leader Mark Zuckerberg admitted the need to limit the spread of hate speech on his social network. But he opposed the idea of ​​sanctions if remarks were not withdrawn after a certain period of time.

In the mind of Mark Zuckerberg

At this point, it remains difficult to know what will remain in the G7 charter. "But we prefer to adopt a text to six, without the United States, rather than having an empty charter of content"says one person who is following these discussions closely.

. [TagsToTranslate] Digital

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