Reporters Without Borders files a complaint against Facebook in France for hate speech

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Reporters Without Borders files a complaint against Facebook in France for hate speech


Facebook is facing a lawsuit by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a global media monitoring agency in France, for hate speech and false information on the platform. In a statement, RSF said the lawsuit concerned Facebook France and Facebook Ireland and is based on the French Consumer Code, under which companies using deceptive marketing practices can be subject to fines of up to 10% of their turnover. annual business.
“Using expert analysis, personal testimonies and statements from former Facebook employees, RSF’s lawsuit shows that it (Facebook) allows disinformation and hate speech to flourish on its network, contrary to the claims made in its terms of service and through its advertisements, ”said RSF. .
RSF said a court ruling against Facebook in France could have a global impact and that it was considering pursuing similar lawsuits in other countries, Reuters reported.

On a related note, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he supported reform of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act ahead of a disinformation hearing on Thursday. platforms conditional on the establishment of systems to identify and remove illegal material, Bloomberg reported.

Zuckerberg’s testimony who notes that “Section 230 would benefit from thoughtful changes to make it more effective for people, but identifying a way forward is difficult given the chorus of people who support – sometimes for reasons. contradictory – that the law does more harm than good. ”

He adds that “Platforms should not be held responsible if a particular piece of content escapes detection – that would be impractical for platforms with billions of posts per day. According to Zuckerberg’s proposal, a third party would determine whether the company’s systems are adequate enough to handle the load.

Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said he opposes any changes to the law. Reforming or repealing it all together “would have unintended consequences – undermining both freedom of expression and the ability of platforms to take responsible action to protect users in the face of ever-changing challenges,” Pichai said in his prepared remarks. Section 230 is part of a law called the Communications Decency Act, notes The Independent. The law protects any website or service that hosts content such as comment sections of news organizations, video services like YouTube, and social media services like Facebook and Twitter from being sued for content posted by users.

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