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Macron discusses fighting banned content with Twitter boss Musk

2022-12-03T15:02:11.481Z

French President Macron met Elon Musk during a visit to the United States. The Twitter boss promised to take action against illegal content. The company wants to focus more on automation.



During his visit to the United States, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the new Twitter boss and tech billionaire Elon Musk about moderating the social network.

Macron tweeted that he met Musk that afternoon and had a "clear and honest discussion" with him.

Musk has committed to taking action against terrorist and violent extremist content and better protecting children online, Macron wrote.

The entrepreneur responded briefly, in French, with an "Absolument."

Twitter wants to react quickly and aggressively against hate

Since Musk's takeover of Twitter, there have been widespread concerns that more hate speech and abuse could end up on the platform under his leadership and after the major job cuts he implemented.

Researchers had also recorded a sharp increase in hate speech since Musk announced an amnesty for formerly blocked Twitter accounts.

Musk had raised such concerns himself with repeated criticism, claiming that Twitter had overly restricted freedom of speech on the platform.

In order to keep up with the moderation on Twitter in the future, the company wants to rely more on technology in the future.

"The most important thing that has changed is that the team is now empowered to act as quickly and aggressively as possible," Twitter's new head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, said in an interview with Reuters this week.

According to Irwin, Twitter specifically wants to push automation instead of relying on time-consuming and labor-intensive human reviews of malicious content.

Macron and Musk also exchanged views on future green industrial projects, such as the manufacture of electric vehicles and batteries, according to the French President.

"I'm looking forward to exciting plans in France," replied Musk, who owns the electric car company Tesla.

Macron had traveled to the United States for a state visit lasting several days.

After a pompous program in the capital, Washington, he came to the southern US metropolis of New Orleans, which has a French influence, on Friday.

There he did, among other things, a city tour with Mayor Latoya Cantrell and met the governor of the state of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards.

Apr/dpa/Reuters

Source: spiegel

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