French president calls for reinforcement of content moderation on Twitter

The President of France said he had “a clear and sincere conversation” with the new owner of Twitter Elon Musk, to insist that the social network must improve transparency and “strengthen content moderation”.

In a series of messages written on Twitter, Emmanuel Macron also said that he had discussed, in New Orleans, on Friday, with the founder of the company Tesla “future green industrial projects, such as the production of electric vehicles and batteries”, without giving details. .

“I’m talking about this here on Twitter, because that’s what it’s about. This afternoon I met Elon Musk and we had a clear and sincere conversation”, wrote Emmanuel Macron, in French and English.

The one-hour meeting was not previously announced by the Eliseu, and took place without the presence of the media.

“Elon Musk confirmed Twitter’s participation in the Christchurch Appeal. Terrorist and violent content has no place anywhere,” Macron added, referring to an initiative launched in 2019 by several states and non-governmental organizations, following of the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, whose images remained accessible ‘online’ for several hours.

Musk, who in addition to Tesla is also the owner of SpaceX [viagens espaciais]bought Twitter in October for 44 billion dollars (41.7 billion euros).

But Musk’s vision, which advocated absolute freedom of expression on the social network, is causing concern among many users, authorities and advertisers, fearing an increase in hateful messages and misinformation.

At first, the businessman promised a content moderation board responsible for all major decisions, but later decided to reinstate several accounts, starting with that of former US President Donald Trump, banned from the social network after the Capitol robbery in January 2021.

Musk also ended the fight against false information linked to covid-19, which is a “big problem”, according to Emmanuel Macron.

“I think we have to face the issue head on, I am in favor of the exact opposite, more regulation. We are doing it [em França] and we are doing it at a European level”, Macron said on Thursday in an interview with the ABC channel.

The French head of state insisted that freedom of expression “implies responsibilities and limits. You cannot go out and make racist or anti-Semitic comments.”

After acquiring Twitter, Musk laid off more than half of the employees of the Californian group, without sparing the content moderation teams.

He recently clarified his personal boundaries on free speech in a series of tweets.

On Friday, American rapper Kanye West’s Twitter account was suspended for “inciting violence” after he said he admired Hitler.

Elon Musk also said he would not allow far-right US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to return to social media, who was convicted of claiming a school massacre was staged by elements of the anti-gun movement.

After the death of their first child, Musk explained that it would be “merciless to anyone who uses the deaths of children for financial gain, politics or fame”.

Emmanuel Macron concluded the series of ‘tweets’ with this statement: “We will work with Twitter to improve the protection of children online. Elon Musk confirmed this to me today [sexta-feira]đŸ‡§đŸ‡· Let’s do a better job of protecting our children online.”

The French president even posted a photograph of the two men at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where he later delivered a speech on Francophonie at the end of a three-day state visit to the US.

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