French President Macron Warns Elon Musk That Twitter Must Heed EU Rules Against Lies, Hate

French President Emmanuel Macron learn the riot act to Elon Musk on Friday, warning that the Twitter CEO should observe European Union rules prohibiting misinformation and terrorist hate speech on-line if he plans to maintain the social media platform working throughout the ocean.

“Transparent user policies, significant reinforcement of content moderation and protection of freedom of speech: Efforts have to be made by Twitter to comply with European regulations,” Macron mentioned, including that he knowledgeable Musk in a “clear and honest discussion.”

Musk’s dramatic Twitter coverage adjustments permitting misinformation and hate speech are “a big issue,” Macron mentioned Thursday in an interview on “Good Morning America.”

“Free speech and democracy is based on respect and public order. You can demonstrate, you can have free speech, you can write what you want, but there are responsibilities and limits,” Macron added.

Twitter’s already in bother in Europe following Musk’s choice to permit probably health- and life-threatening COVID misinformation to be unfold on the platform.

European Union Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has warned that Twitter risks serious sanctions if Musk refuses to adjust to necessities that the company average content material and deal with disinformation. “In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules,” he warned in a tweet after Musk took over Twitter.

Macron mentioned Musk instructed him through the meeting that Twitter would observe the Christchurch Call, named after the bloodbath of 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Call is a plan of motion supported by a number of heads of state to “eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.”

Musk additionally agreed to cooperate to enhance little one safety on-line, in accordance with Macron.

The improve in hate speech on Twitter has by no means earlier than been greater since Musk took over, in accordance with analysis. Online assaults in opposition to Black individuals have tripled, and slams in opposition to the LGBTQ group are up practically 60%. Additionally, antisemitic posts soared 61% within the first two weeks of the Musk regime.

Twitter allowed horrifyingly ugly movies of the Christchurch massacres to be posted a couple of week in the past. The video clips had been filmed by the Australian white supremacist who murdered the Muslim worshippers. The movies had been taken down only after the New Zealand authorities contacted Twitter, The Guardian reported.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned that after the movies had been eliminated, Twitter expressed a dedication to be extra vigilant in opposition to such content material.

“We will continue to maintain our expectation that [Twitter does] everything they can on a day-to-day basis to remove that content, but also to reduce terrorist and violent extremist content online, as they’ve committed to,” Ardern mentioned.

Musk simply days in the past allowed infamous American neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin again on Twitter after a decade-long ban. The racist, antisemitic, homophobic and misogynistic Anglin declared in 2018 that he hates ladies and believes they “deserve to be beaten, raped and locked in cages.”

Anglin owes SiriusXM radio host Dean Obeidallah $4.1 million in libel damages after fabricating tweets falsely indicating Obeidallah was a terrorist, which resulted in demise threats in opposition to him.

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