By Sam Schechner WSJ Fri., May 10, 2019 PARIS—The French government plans to give regulators here sweeping power to audit and fine large social-media companies like Facebook Inc. if they don’t adequately remove hateful content—ratcheting up global oversight of Silicon Valley. France intends to introduce laws that would create a “duty of care” for widely used social-media companies, requiring them to moderate hate speech published on their platforms, according to French officials, speaking ahead of a Friday meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. Richard Allan, a Facebook vice president, said the proposals were in line with the “kind of models we think will be effective in future.” He said “it’s about the platforms doing the work effectively but being very clearly accountable to a regulator.” The French move accelerates efforts by governments from Berlin to Canberra to make tech companies more responsible for the inappropriate content their platforms sometimes distributes—whether it be electoral disinformation, terrorist propaganda or a pirated copy of a Hollywood film. These efforts come amid a global wave of regulation and investigations of big tech firms. The European Union has enacted broad restrictions on how companies handle data as concerns over… Read full this story
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