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Facebook is going to work in concert with the government of France to rat out its own users so they can be prosecuted for "hate speech."
The move comes just three months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged a "privacy-focused" overhaul of the social network.
From Reuters, "In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts":
In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges, France's minister for digital affairs Cedric O said on Tuesday.
The decision by the world's biggest social media network comes after successive meetings between Zuckerberg and Macron, who wants to take a leading role globally on the regulation of hate speech and the spread of false information online.All French citizens are to be treated as terrorists now if they hold the wrong opinions.
Following a meeting between Nick Clegg, Facebook's head of global affairs, and O last week, the social media company has extended this cooperation to hate speech.Buzzfeed reported in March that Macron had begun working with Facebook to "solve" it's "deep-rooted anti-Semitism problem."
France -- home to the world's third-largest Jewish population -- is in the middle of what Macron has described as being the worst period of anti-Semitism since World War II, and much of it is playing out online.With the Yellow Vest protests hitting week 32 and the National Front beating Macron's party in the recent EU elections, you can be sure this new law will quickly be put to use.
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