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The following is excerpted from the National Review. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
France is pushing a new, absolutely terrible law that could punish social-media “officials” with a year in prison for failing to delete posts that are deemed to be “hate speech” within 24 hours.
Under the law, company officials could also face fines of up to €250,000 — and the platforms themselves could face fines of 1.25 million euros, according to an article in the New York Times. The piece also notes that multiple violations could result in “fines of up to 4 percent of a company’s global revenue — meaning, potentially, tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars.” It could also punish people who abuse the reporting features on social-media sites with up to a year in prison and a fine of up to €15,000.
The Times reports that the content that would count as “hate speech” covers a wide scope of things, such as speech that disparages someone on the basis of sexual orientation, religion, nationality, race, gender identity, or disability; harassment; and propaganda tied to terrorism or war crimes.
Unlike the United States, France already has laws in place that regulate hate speech, so this proposal just represents making those regulations broader. I think that France should actually want to move in the opposite direction — or, at the very least, not make things worse by enacting this law.
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