The French parliament passed a questionable detest discourse law on Wednesday that would fine web-based social networking organizations in the event that they neglect to evacuate certain unlawful substances inside 24 hours – and now and again, as meager as 60 minutes.
The new guideline requires the tech stages to evacuate disdainful remarks – in light of race, religion, sexual direction, sex, or handicap, just as inappropriate behavior – inside 24 hours after they are hailed by clients. Fear-based oppressor and kid sex entertainment content must be evacuated inside one hour of being hailed.
Platforms could face fines of up to €1.25 million ($1.36 million) in the event they fail to follow the regulations. There are no fines if platforms prematurely remove content that is later deemed acceptable.
The new law is a result of a year-long investigation by French regulators into Facebook’s content moderation practices.
France passed a controversial “digital tax” last year against tech giants that received severe criticism from the US. US President Donald Trump’s administration also condemned France’s digital tax.
In November, the European Commission requested France hold off on passing the law until the Digital Services Act, an overhaul of how the EU regulates digital platforms, is rolled out across the European Union. But French officials ignored such concerns, with Digital Minister Cédric O saying they will “lean on national hate speech law to weigh in on the Digital Service Act [proposed by EU Commissions].”
France’s digital services tax “discriminates against US companies, is inconsistent with prevailing principles of international tax policy, and is unusually burdensome for affected US companies,” US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said in December.
“USTR’s decision today sends a clear signal that the United States will take action against digital tax regimes that discriminate or otherwise impose undue burdens on US companies,” Lighthizer said.
Italy also imposed a digital tax on tech giants last year, a 3 percent levy on some digital revenue for technology companies that make over $831 million in global revenue, including at least $6 million in Italy.
Germany has had a similar law, called the Network Enforcement Act, on the books since 2018. The regulation requires social media platforms to remove hate speech and fake news within 24 hours of it being flagged or face penalties of up to roughly $60 million. They also must publish reports every six months detailing the number of complaints of illegal content they have received.
Last year Germany fined Facebook more than $2 million for inaccurately reporting the amount of illegal content on its platform, which Facebook appealed.
The social media companies were yet to react to the new French law with strict guidelines on harmful content removal.
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