Published: 13 June 2020 2:48:24 pm
The Twitter Suite Inc.’s spat with US President Donald Trump, the French president called on Jack Dorsey last week to reaffirm his support for the company, according to an Emmanuel Macron aide.
President Macron also joked with Dorsey that Twitter , based in San Francisco, would be welcome to move to France.
A Twitter spokesman declined to comment. The call was first reported by the French weekly Le Canard Enchaine.
Trump’s flared ire after Twitter took the unusual step in late May of adding a fact-check label for two tweets by the president regarding mail-in voting — a long-running reversal of the strategy of staying calm as it pushed lies and information on his social media service.
Shortly after, Twitter slapped a violation notification rule on another post by Trump warning protesters in Minnesota, that “when the looting begins, the shooting begins.”
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Twitter is a move triggered an avalanche of criticism from Trump and conservative Americans. In contrast, a senior EU official, the European Commission, the Vice-President of Values and Transparency, Vera Jourova, quickly praised Twitter for implementing a “transparent and coherent policy of moderation.”
Macron helps him, said the president wanted platforms to be respected by the EU and The French rules on content curation — which are generally more restrictive than in the U.S.
Any company that feels threatened at home is welcome in France, he added.
Macron is attracting foreign companies and investors to a key selling point of his 2017 presidential campaign, underpinned by a pro-business agenda.
During the 2018 Internet Governance Forum hosted in Paris, Macron called for more regulation of the internet and repeatedly promised to fight fake news. She turned around recently after the government was forced to pull out of an online tool that labeled news about Covid reliable or not. The site, named Desinfox, was killed after the government was criticized for encroaching on press freedom.
Macron and Dorsey speak once or twice a year, according to the aid president. The CEO came to Macron from the office, for last year’s event.
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