Jun 25, 2019

Facebook to identify French hate speech suspects

Facebook has agreed to give the names of French users who are suspected of using hate speech on its platform to the courts when requested. Cedric O, French minister for digital affairs, called the deal "Huge news". Mr O said the deal was the result of conversations between Facebook and the French government. According to Reuters, Facebook had not identified people suspected of hate speech in the past because it was not required to do so under US-French law - and because it was worried some countries could abuse requests for data. The French parliament is currently debating laws which could see tech companies fined up to 4% of their global revenue if they don't do enough to remove hateful content from their platforms.

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