PARIS (Reuters) – Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of the French users accused of hate speech on its platform, the judges, the French minister for digital affairs, Cedric D said on Tuesday, adding that the deal was the first in the world.
FILE PHOTO: An attendee takes a photo of a sign at the Facebook Inc. F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, united states, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo
The move by the world ” s largest social media network, comes after the successive meetings of the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and the President of france, Emmanuel Macron, who will take a leading role in the global regulation of hate speech and the spreading of false information online.
So far, Facebook has been working with the French law on issues relating to terrorist attacks and other violent acts due to the transmission of the IP address, and other identifying information of the person (s) to meet the French judges, who have formally requested it.
After a meeting between Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, and last week, the social media company has for the continuation of this co-operation for the promotion of hatred.
“This is great news, because it means that the judicial process will have to be able to run normally,” Oh, a former top adviser to Macron told Reuters in an interview. “It’s really, really important, and they do it in France.”
Oh, he also said that he had been in close contact with Clegg over the last couple of days on the matter, said Facebook’s decision was the result of a conversation between the internet giant and the French administration.
Facebook declined to comment.
The discussion began with Zuckerberg’s-Macron shareholders ‘ meeting of the previous year, to be followed by a report to meet the regulation last month that the Facebook founder could be considered as a blueprint for the EU’s broader regulation.
Facebook was, apart from the handing over of the identification details of the persons accused of hate speech, because it was not required to do so under the united states and the French legal conventions, and when it was delivered to the countries without an independent judiciary, abuse.
France’s parliament, where the Macron, the ruling party has a comfortable majority, debate on legislation that would give the new regulator the authority to fine technology companies up to 4% of their global turnover if they do not have enough to do in order to remove the hate speech content of the network.
Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Mark Potter