French President Wants to Hold Social Networks Accountable for Hate Speech

At what point do social networks stop being platforms for communication, and become the tools of hatred?


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Social networks are probably the most powerful communication tools of the modern age. But at what point do they stop being platforms for communication, and become the tools of hatred? And if they do become platforms for the likes of terrorists, are the networks themselves accountable? French President Francois Hollande has proposed legislation that would declare social networks “accomplices” if they do not block messages from extremists.

President Hollande spoke on this issue on earlier this week saying:

[Social networks] can no longer close their eyes if they are considered accomplices of what they host.

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