The murder of Samuel Paty on Friday revived the debate on the regulation of social networks in France. Before being brutally murdered, the history professor had been the victim of an online cabal and his identity revealed on various platforms. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal, Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship Marlène Schiappa and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin all said this weekend that social networks should be better supervised.
Laetitia Avia mobilized again
“I work in particular on writing articles on moderation of hateful content and how to better identify its authors”, LERM deputy Laetitia Avia told Le Parisien this Sunday. Laetitia Avia gave her name to a law which was adopted last May after long months of controversy. The text had been largely censored by the Constitutional Council, which considered that the 24-hour period given to platforms to remove hateful content violated freedom of expression.
There would be two possible avenues for the government: either to draft a new bill which would take a long time to implement. Either take advantage of the bill on separatism. At the European level, France intends to influence the Digital Services Act which must already limit the economic power of GAFAM.
Sources: The Parisian and AFP