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France postpones until Monday an initiative against hate speech on the Internet due to Trump pressures

August 24, 2019

BIARRITZ (FRANCE), Aug 24 (Reuters / EP) –

France has postponed the pressure of the United States on a commitment to encourage Internet platforms to fight the hate speech they provide, according to French government sources.

The so-called “Letter for a Safe, Free and Open Internet” was scheduled to be ratified this Friday and presented to the most industrialized countries in the world at the summit of this weekend in Biarritz.

However, and according to Europe 1, US President Donald Trump urged executives of US companies Google, Facebook and Snapchat to abandon the document.

The French Government maintains that it is a delay in the firm, which will take place on Friday, according to the Deputy Minister for the Digital Industry, Cedric O. “We felt it was delicate for US platforms to travel to Biarritz to sign something before it arrived. the American president, “he explained.

The idea is to create a “collective movement of cooperation and transparency with a view to safe and positive use of the Internet,” according to the French Presidency, which is confident that social networks such as Facebook or Twitter will join this initiative.