The head of state wants to try to respond to the increasing exposure of minors to pornography, harassment and online violence.
un “Laboratory for Online Child Protection” was launched internationally on the occasion of the Paris Peace Forum. Initiated by Emmanuel Macron, the project brings together a number of international actors, including the presidents of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, and Estonia, Alar Karis. The President even appealed to Elon Musk to offer him to join the initiative. “Will the bird protect our children?” » (“Will the bird protect our children?”) he tweeted, referring to the social network’s famous blue bird logo that the billionaire just acquired. “To all volunteers: get involved! he also suggested on Twitter after the initiative was launched.
This laboratory, which brings together platforms, NGOs and regulators, must respond to the increasing exposure of minors to pornography, harassment and online violence. It was initiated during a meeting at the Élysée with NGOs and representatives of major digital platforms and search engines (Meta, Microsoft, Google, TikTok, etc.) on the occasion of the Paris Peace Forum. “The digital space must not be a place of lawlessness. It’s the fight we’ve fought against terrorism, it’s the fight we’re fighting against hate speech online. We must strive to protect our children,” said Emmanuel Macron at the beginning of the round table.
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Brigitte Macron also mobilized on the subject
This laboratory must find the “good ways to regulate and better protect our children online”, underlined the head of state, who also mobilized on this issue alongside his wife Brigitte Macron. “Protecting our children online means better verifying users’ ages, better detecting and stopping sex offenders, better detecting and responding to harassment, and more effectively removing content,” he said on Twitter. In particular, it is necessary to examine how “rapid and coordinated action can be taken between the various digital platforms to remove child pornography or intimate content disseminated without the consent of minors and their families,” he stressed during the meeting.
Let’s protect our children better on social networks and the Internet!
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 10, 2022
This initiative is modeled on the Christchurch call against violent extremism online, launched by New Zealand and France after the 2019 killings that left 51 dead at two mosques in that New Zealand town. The images taken by the perpetrator of the massacre were then available online for several hours. The call helped reform the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) to speed up the removal of images in a crisis.
Pap Ndiaye urges TikTok to ‘regulate more seriously’
At the same time, Education Minister Pap Ndiaye on Thursday expressed his wish for the social network TikTok to “regulate and moderate the activities of its subscribers in a much more serious way” to tackle school bullying. “TikTok is a platform that is used extremely widely and is very popular with young people. I have nothing against TikTok as such, I just want TikTok to regulate and moderate the activities of its subscribers much more seriously,” started Pap Ndiaye, who was interviewed during the show. The phone rings on France Inter. The minister mentioned on this social network “the dissemination of a certain number of messages” that “cannot be authorized and are harmful to the school, the students and the Republic”.
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