A man attacked with a knife very small children and an elderly person, Thursday morning, in a park of Annecy (Haute-Savoie). Some were injured in their strollers, in front of their parents. Very quickly, the face of the man capable of committing such an act flooded social networks and news channels continuously.
A video shows the assailant, knife in hand, fleeing those who try to stop him. But it is important not to relay, or even comment or "like" these contents, recalls the gendarmerie, in the face of the success of the video. "Internet users who broadcast and share videos showing violence to people are exposed to criminal sanctions," said the commander of the gendarmerie on Twitter.
🛑#Annecy Internet users who broadcast and share videos showing violence against people are subject to criminal penalties.
✅Don't spread or share illegal
✅ content Report such content on #Pharos
— CyberGend (@CyberGEND) June 8, 2023
Indeed, the dissemination of violent content online can fall under several articles of law. Article 222-33-3 of the Penal Code provides that the recording or dissemination of images of barbaric acts or violence is punishable by five years' imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros, except for journalists or when the recording "is made in order to serve as evidence in court".
Originally, this law was born to fight against "happy slapping" – the phenomenon of filming victims of aggression and then broadcasting the images – so that the one who records the scene is considered complicit in the facts.
Moreover, "the fact of making, transporting, disseminating, whatever the medium, a message of a violent nature (...) is punishable by three years' imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros when this message is likely to be seen or perceived by a minor", also provides article 227-24 of the Penal Code, which is the case on social networks.
"Don't broadcast them, don't like them"
The Ministry of the Interior has also broadcast the same message, even encouraging Internet users to report this content. "If you spot offensive content on social media, help us: don't spread it. Don't like them. Only one reflex: report them on the Pharos platform. »
#Annecy | If you spot offensive content on social media, help us:
❌Don't spread it.
❌Don't like them.
✅Only one reflex: report them on the #Pharos platform.
— Ministry of the Interior and Overseas (@Interieur_Gouv) June 8, 2023
Pharos is the platform for reporting illegal content circulating on the Internet, whatever its nature (image, text, video, tweet). They must be reported as soon as they contain violence, endangerment of persons, glorification of terrorism, insults or defamation, incitement to racial hatred, discrimination or harm to minors.
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"It shouldn't be a private matter with someone you know, even if they use the internet to harm you," Pharos says. In this case, a complaint must be filed with the police station or gendarmerie.