Exclusive: In a world first, Facebook, to provide information on hate-defendants in the French courts

PARIS (Reuters) – In a world first, 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 O, said on Tuesday.

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

Oh, his father in South korea, is the President of france Emmanuel Macron’s earliest followers, and his influence in shaping the president’s thinking about the Big Tech as an adviser to the Elysee palace for the first two years of Macron’s presidency.

The decision by the world’s largest social media network, following a succession of meetings can be Done and the Macron, who wants to 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, he 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.

During his tenure as prime minister back in March, Oh and the fight against hate speech online as a priority, by means of regular contacts with the Facebook’s top executives, including founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook declined to comment.


“It’s a very strong signal in the area of regulations,” says Sonia Cisse, a solicitor at law firm Linklaters, that it is the first in the world. “Hate speech is no longer considered to be a part of the freedom of speech and expression, and it is now at the same level as the terrorists.”

With Facebook’s recent move to France, it is now the clear front-runner in the quest to control social media, and other platforms will follow suite, Cisse said.

The discussion is about how to get the best control of the tech giants started out with a Done-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.

Oh, also signaled his openness to the look of a French start-ups will be snapped up by larger US companies, in spite of the recent measures taken by Macron the government to strengthen the anti-takeover rules, to protect the country’s strategic enterprises.

“My only goal is to promote the creation of a lot of businesses,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with is the fact that a number of them have been bought up by AMERICAN companies, as long as they are not critical in terms of technology.”


The prime minister has also expressed concern at the idea of the collapse of companies such as Facebook or Google, the size, the weight of it on the Internet and in financial power, have turned up in recent players, just as much as the big banks.

Facebook is a social media monopoly, and as co-founder, Chris Hughes, and called for the break-up of the group has increased.

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“We can’t impose very heavy duties on foreign companies and dismantling them because they are very large, and does not do the same for Chinese companies in Western markets,” he said, referring to groups such as Alibaba and Tencent.

A graduate from French top business school (HEC) O, which combines political experience, he has been an assistant professor of Dominique Strauss-Khan, like a lot of the close-knit group, “Macron Guys that have driven him to power, and a stint in the private sector, the engine maker Safran.

At the Elysee, he was responsible for providing advice to the Macron of the French government, a broad range of interests in the French companies, that is, to create a warm corporate sagas, such as Renault-Nissan, as well as the handling of the relations with the Great China.

Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; Additional reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Mark Potter and Jan Harvey

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