Emmanuel Macron and Elon Musk welcomed Friday having exchanged on the moderation of content on Twitter, while the entrepreneur has so far taken decisions largely contrary to the exhortations of the French president and other European leaders.
“I’m talking about it here on Twitter because that’s what it’s about. This afternoon, I met Elon Musk and we had a clear and sincere discussion., wrote on the social network Emmanuel Macron, on a state visit to the United States. The interview took place in New Orleans and lasted one hour. It had not been previously announced by the Elysée, and kept away from the media.
“In line with our ambition to decarbonise and reindustrialise France and Europe”Emmanuel Macron also said he spoke with the co-founder of Tesla of “future green industrial projectssuch as the production of electric vehicles and batteries”.
“It was an honor to see you again,” replied Elon Musk, saying to himself “eager” about “exciting projects in France”.
The richest man in the world bought the influential platform at the end of October for 44 billion dollars. Its absolutist vision of freedom of expression worries many users, authorities and advertisers, who fear a surge of hatred and misinformation.
“Elon Musk has confirmed Twitter’s participation in Christchurch Call. Terrorist and violent content has no place anywhere.detailed Emmanuel Macron, referring to an initiative launched by several states and NGOs in 2019, after the killing in Christchurch, New Zealand, the images of which remained accessible online for several hours.
The businessman did not react on this point. He had initially promised a content moderation board responsible for all major decisions, but he himself finally decided to restore many accounts, starting with that of former US President Donald Trump, banned after the attack on the Capitol in January 2021. He also ended the fight against false information related to Covid, which is a “big problem”according to Emmanuel Macron.
“I think we have to tackle the subject head on, I am in favor of the exact opposite, more regulation. We are doing it [en France, ndlr] and we do it at European level”, said the head of state Thursday during an interview with the ABC channel. Freedom of speech “implies responsibilities and limits. You cannot go out and make racist or anti-Semitic remarks, it is a point that it is important for me to defend.he added.
Having experienced the death of his first child, the multi-billionaire explained to be “without mercy towards anyone who uses the deaths of children for (reaping) financial, political or fame gains”. Emmanuel Macron also concluded his series of tweets by stating: “We will work with Twitter to improve the protection of children online. Elon Musk confirmed it to me today. Let’s better protect our children online!”