Facebook forced by its supervisory board to put online a publication comparing Macron to the devil

The council believes that Facebook should not have moderated this post for inciting violence, and in the name of freedom of expression.

An image from a Turkish series showing a man in armor, sword in hand, with Hindi text saying: “if the tongue of the disbeliever speaks against the prophet, then the sword must be withdrawn from the scabbard“. Below, a series of hashtags calling for a boycott of French products, and comparing President Emmanuel Macron to the devil. This message was posted in October in a Facebook group dedicated to Indian Muslims. Facebook moderation decided to delete it, on the grounds that the post implicitly called for violence against non-Muslims. His supervisory board proved him wrong,

Facebook’s supervisory board is an independent entity made up of 40 personalities specializing in freedom of expression and human rights. This structure was wanted by the social network to provide him with advice on his moderation, and to settle certain contentious cases. Internet users who have seen one of their publication unpublished by Facebook can apply to the Council as a last resort. The latter selects the most emblematic cases and its decisions must be applied by the social network within seven days.

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. Of the seven cases studied, he only agreed with Facebook once.

In the case of the Indian publication, “the majority of the board don’t think the post was going to cause any harm». «While a minority of the council interpreted the publication as a threat of violence in response to blasphemy, the majority viewed the references to President Macron and the boycott of French products as calls to action that are not necessarily violent.»

This same majority of council members “considered that just as individuals have the right to criticize religions, religious people have the right to express their offense.Facebook must therefore put the offending message back online. .

The supervisory board was mandated by Facebook to determine on Facebook and Instagram. The decision is expected at the end of March.

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