French investigators to work directly with Facebook to monitor hate speech
Tuesday November 13, 2018. 12:03 AM , from Ars Technica
Enlarge / French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on November 12, 2018. (credit: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
For the first time, Facebook has agreed to allow French regulators to work closely with the company as a way to monitor what actions it's taking to combat hate speech. If necessary, France could impose further regulations on the social media giant.
In a French-language speech before the Internet Governance Forum held in Paris on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the two sides would work together for six months starting in early 2019 to come up with 'joint, precise, and concrete' proposals that both Menlo Park and Paris could agree with.
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'There's a Californian Internet and a Chinese Internet,' he explained, urging those in attendance to seek a middle-ground 'European' model.
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