BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – France said on optimism that the U.S.-based social media platforms, like Facebook and Snapchat, still, it would do so with a commitment to fight online hate speech, in spite of a last-minute delay.
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In france, the hosting of the G7 summit in Biarritz, was in the beginning, the hope, the social media giant to sign a Charter for an Open, Free and Secure Internet,” on Friday, according to the official program.
However, the ceremony did not take place, and Europe, a radio 1 and he said to the AMERICAN President, when He had been putting pressure on the platforms’ chief executives not to sign on to the pledge in the public service. Washington later denied any such pressure.
France’s secretary of state for the digital industries, said on Saturday that the signing was only delayed and will take place on Monday.
“The original idea was to use the platforms to get to Biarritz, and up to now, it has been in the United States, at the time of signing this pledge,” Cedric, O told reporters.
“Diplomatically, it was a significant advantage for the U.S. the platforms are coming from Biarritz, and a sign of something, while the American president was not there,” he said, adding that Google, Facebook, and Snapchat were among the platforms due to sign the charter.
“There is no doubt about the fact that the social network will be the character of the house,” Cedric O says.
In Washington, however, has a higher Asset administration official said that the united states government does not have a position on the initiative, and had not been pressed for U.S. companies to do so.
In fact, the exact opposite happened, ” said the official.
“There was no pressure on us,” the official told Reuters. “We have heard from a few of the companies that they are being bullied by France, in order to do that.”
The official said that the industry had joined forces to water down the initiative. The White House, meanwhile, was still being evaluated. “It certainly has its merits,” the official said.
The charter aims to create a collective movement, in which transparency and co-operation for the safe and positive use of the Internet, the French G7 presidency, has said.
It is based at the Christchurch international airport in conversation with a broadening of the scope of the commitments of the platform, particularly in terms of the content, moderation, transparency, and to ensure that the support for the victims.
Reporting by Marine Pennetier, Michel Rose and Jeff Mason; Editing by Leigh Thomas and Helen Popper