Facebook to Identify Hate Speech-Spouting Users for France

Facebook will now help French courts identify users suspected of spreading hate speech on the platform, a deal it hasn't made with any other nation.

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Facebook just made a first-of-its-kind deal with France.

The social media giant had previously given French courts data, such as IP addresses, to help them identify users suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks or other violent activity.

As of Tuesday, it’s now willing to do the same for users suspected of spreading hate speech on the platform

France First

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently met with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the platform’s role in spreading hate speech and misinformation.

A meeting between Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, and Cedric O, France’s minister for digital affairs, soon followed, leading up to Tuesday’s announcement of Facebook’s expanded cooperation with French courts.

“This is huge news, it means that the judicial process will be able to run normally,” O told Reuters. “It’s really very important, they’re only doing it for France.”

Leveling Up

For now, Facebook’s cooperation may only apply to France, but it sets a powerful precedent.

“It is a strong signal in terms of regulation,” Sonia Cisse, who leads the technology, media, and telecommunications team at the Linklaters law firm, told Reuters. “Hate speech is no longer considered part of freedom of speech, it’s now on the same level as terrorism.”

READ MORE: Exclusive: In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts [Reuters]

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