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In a First, Social Media Giant Facebook Agrees to French Regulators Seeking to Combat Hate Speech

Drew Clark

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BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Facebook is only the first of the feared tech giants (#GAFA – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) who appear to be buckling into this pressure. Can you imagine the reaction if the Trump administration were seeking to “embed” journalists into the company? Tech companies are increasingly being hit by both sides: Conservative populists who decry their alleged liberal bias, and progressives on the left who decry their platform dominance.

France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech, from Reuters:

PARIS (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) will allow French regulators to “embed” inside the company to examine how it combats online hate speech, the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

From January, Macron’s administration will send a small team of senior civil servants to the company for six months to verify Facebook’s goodwill and determine whether its checks on racist, sexist or hate-fuelled speech could be improved.

“It’s a first,” Macron told the annual Internet Governance Forum in Paris. “I’m delighted by this very innovative experimental approach,” he said. “It’s an experiment, but a very important first step in my view.”

The trial project is an example of what Macron has called “smart regulation”, something he wants to extend to other tech leaders such as Google, Apple and Amazon.

[more…]

Source: France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech | Reuters

(White House photo from the Obama Administration by Lawrence Jackson.)

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney at The CommLaw Group. He has closely tracked the trends in and mechanics of digital infrastructure for 20 years, and has helped fiber-based and fixed wireless providers navigate coverage, identify markets, broker infrastructure, and operate in the public right of way. The articles and posts on Broadband Breakfast and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed, are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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Section 230 Has Coddled Big Tech For Too Long, Says Co-Author of Book on Amazon

Co-author of “The Amazon Jungle” says Section 230 has allowed Big Tech to get away with far too much.

Derek Shumway

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"The Amazon Jungle" co-author Jason Boyce

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Facebook is only the first of the feared tech giants (#GAFA – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) who appear to be buckling into this pressure. Can you imagine the reaction if the Trump administration were seeking to “embed” journalists into the company? Tech companies are increasingly being hit by both sides: Conservative populists who decry their alleged liberal bias, and progressives on the left who decry their platform dominance.

France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech, from Reuters:

PARIS (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) will allow French regulators to “embed” inside the company to examine how it combats online hate speech, the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

From January, Macron’s administration will send a small team of senior civil servants to the company for six months to verify Facebook’s goodwill and determine whether its checks on racist, sexist or hate-fuelled speech could be improved.

“It’s a first,” Macron told the annual Internet Governance Forum in Paris. “I’m delighted by this very innovative experimental approach,” he said. “It’s an experiment, but a very important first step in my view.”

The trial project is an example of what Macron has called “smart regulation”, something he wants to extend to other tech leaders such as Google, Apple and Amazon.

[more…]

Source: France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech | Reuters

(White House photo from the Obama Administration by Lawrence Jackson.)

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Social Media

Josh Hawley Wants To Break Up Big Tech And Revisit How Antitrust Matters Are Considered

Senator Josh Hawley talks Section 230, antitrust reform, and the Capitol riots.

Benjamin Kahn

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Josh Hawley, right, via Flickr

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Facebook is only the first of the feared tech giants (#GAFA – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) who appear to be buckling into this pressure. Can you imagine the reaction if the Trump administration were seeking to “embed” journalists into the company? Tech companies are increasingly being hit by both sides: Conservative populists who decry their alleged liberal bias, and progressives on the left who decry their platform dominance.

France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech, from Reuters:

PARIS (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) will allow French regulators to “embed” inside the company to examine how it combats online hate speech, the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

From January, Macron’s administration will send a small team of senior civil servants to the company for six months to verify Facebook’s goodwill and determine whether its checks on racist, sexist or hate-fuelled speech could be improved.

“It’s a first,” Macron told the annual Internet Governance Forum in Paris. “I’m delighted by this very innovative experimental approach,” he said. “It’s an experiment, but a very important first step in my view.”

The trial project is an example of what Macron has called “smart regulation”, something he wants to extend to other tech leaders such as Google, Apple and Amazon.

[more…]

Source: France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech | Reuters

(White House photo from the Obama Administration by Lawrence Jackson.)

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Social Media

Oversight Board Upholds Trump’s Ban From Facebook

The Oversight Board has sent the decision back to Facebook management, criticizing it for setting a “standardless” penalty.

Benjamin Kahn

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BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Facebook is only the first of the feared tech giants (#GAFA – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) who appear to be buckling into this pressure. Can you imagine the reaction if the Trump administration were seeking to “embed” journalists into the company? Tech companies are increasingly being hit by both sides: Conservative populists who decry their alleged liberal bias, and progressives on the left who decry their platform dominance.

France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech, from Reuters:

PARIS (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) will allow French regulators to “embed” inside the company to examine how it combats online hate speech, the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

From January, Macron’s administration will send a small team of senior civil servants to the company for six months to verify Facebook’s goodwill and determine whether its checks on racist, sexist or hate-fuelled speech could be improved.

“It’s a first,” Macron told the annual Internet Governance Forum in Paris. “I’m delighted by this very innovative experimental approach,” he said. “It’s an experiment, but a very important first step in my view.”

The trial project is an example of what Macron has called “smart regulation”, something he wants to extend to other tech leaders such as Google, Apple and Amazon.

[more…]

Source: France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech | Reuters

(White House photo from the Obama Administration by Lawrence Jackson.)

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