The government takes action against illegal content on social networks

Apologizing for crimes, incitement to discrimination, hatred, violence: the government tabled an amendment on Friday aimed at combating illegal content on social networks as part of their law against separatism.

This change aims to regulate the moderation of illegal content in social networks and search engines.

The change provides in particular that the platform operators “implement procedures and human and technological resources proportionately”, in particular “to inform the judicial or administrative authorities as soon as possible about the measures they have taken”. following the orders issued by them.

A censored clasp

This amendment is inspired in part by the online hate bill proposed by LREM MP Laetitia Avia and largely censored by the Constitutional Council.

The component contained in this change was not censored on the fund, but through the domino effect of the censorship of the other articles of the law, reminded a source in the office of the Foreign Minister for Digital.

This text is intended to anticipate the implementation of a European regulation on digital services (“Digital Services Act”, DSA), the draft of which was presented by EU Commissioner Thierry Breton in mid-December.

The aim is to hold all intermediaries accountable, but especially the largest platforms that need the resources to moderate the content they host and to work with the authorities.

A financial penalty

France wants to “model” the provisions of this regulation in national law, “the aim is a flexible transition between what we are about to introduce and the regulation”, the negotiations of which at European level pose a risk.

“These provisions are transitional and will be deleted when this European regulation comes into force,” added the Foreign Minister. “If the operator does not comply with the formal communication sent to him, the Supreme Audiovisual Council (…) can impose a fine, the amount of which indicates the gravity of the infringements as well as the If necessary, their repeated nature indicates that 20 million Euro or 6% of the total worldwide annual turnover of the previous financial year cannot be exceeded, whereby the higher amount is retained “, it says in the text.