Emmanuel Macron said he had a “clear and honest” discussion with Elon Musk about Twitter’s content moderation policies, just a day after the French president announced his concerns on the issue.
Transparent user policies, greatly enhanced content policing and protection of free speech: Efforts must be made before Twitter Macron said in a tweet after his meeting with Musk on Friday afternoon.
And on Thursday, Macron – who is on a visit to the United States which included conversations with Joe Biden He said in an interview with Good Morning America that he believes there are “responsibilities and limits” to free speech.
Researchers reported an increase in hate speech on the social media platform after Musk, a free speech advocate, announced a pardon for accounts suspended under the company’s previous leadership that did not break the law or engage in “horrible spam.”
Musk, the world’s richest man, took over Twitter in October and quickly implemented changes to products and staff, Including laying off thousands of employees With teams largely responsible for content moderation.
Mercury Billionaire Recovered a large number of accounts It has been previously banned for violating content rules, including those of former US President Donald Trump, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, British right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins, and former Ku Klux Klan wizard David Duke. Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was brought back briefly Then it was banned again This week after the rapper tweeted a photo of a swastika mixed with the Star of David.
Twitter has it too Stop imposing a rule Prevent users from sharing misinformation about Covid-19 and vaccine efficacy.
The world’s richest man has made no secret of his staunch opposition to the health restrictions put in place to combat the pandemic, especially when they meant the temporary closure of his Tesla factory in California.
Macron last week criticized Musk for changing his policy, as Covid-19 infections rose sharply in France.
Musk, who has described himself as an “absolute freedom of speech,” has seen advertisers turn away from the site, denying Twitter his main source of income.
The French president’s itinerary included a visit to Louisiana, the US state most historically associated with his country, to celebrate ancient cultural ties and discuss energy policy and the climate crisis.
On Friday, Macron met political leaders and toured New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, the heart of the city, stopping to talk and shake hands with passers-by.
This state visit enables us to place France, and with France, and Europe, at the center of the American agenda. “This is a good thing,” Macron told reporters in French, according to a translation from journalists.
“Beer aficionado. Gamer. Alcohol fanatic. Evil food trailblazer. Avid bacon maven.”