France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge

  • 26/08/2019
France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge

France announced about its optimistic view and mentioned that social media platforms in the US, involving Facebook and Snapchat, would still sign a commitment to tackle incitement of hatred on the Internet, not counting a last-moment postpone.


France, which is welcoming the G7 Summit in Biarritz, hoped at the beginning that social media titans would sign the alleged “Charter for an Open, Free, and Safe Internet” on Friday, according to the official program.

Nevertheless, the ceremony did not happen, and the Europe-1 radio station said that US President Donald Trump had put strain on platform leaders to prevent them from openly signing the obligation. Washington later rejected any such tension.

France’s junior digital industry minister said Saturday that the signing was only postponed and was going to occur on Monday.

“The initial idea was to make the platforms come to Biarritz and until now, the United States was against the signature of this pledge,” Cedric O told reporters.

“There’s no doubt on the fact that the social networks will sign the pledge,” Cedric O said.

According to Trump administration official the U.S. government did not positioned the leadership and had not pressed U.S. companies not to sign.

In fact, the opposite had happened, the official said.

“There certainly was no pressure from us,” the official told Reuters. “We heard from a couple of companies that they felt bullied by France to join.”

The official said the industry came together to quell the undertaking. At the same time the White House was still estimating this.

The Charter tries to make a public movement that guarantees clarity and teamwork for the safe and positive use of the Internet, said G7 French President.

It is based on the appeal of Christchurch, expanding the scope of commitments made by the platforms, especially in terms of content removal, moderation, clarity and support for victims.


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