France to ‘embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2018

In a French radio interview on Tuesday, Macron had referred to Trump´s plans to pull the United States out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty and said a joint European Union force was needed to end Europe´s reliance on USA military might.

President Donald Trump paid tribute to USA and allied soldiers killed in World War I during what he called "a disgusting, frightful war" that marked America's emergence as a world power.

The forum is part of Macron's efforts to defend the idea that nations need to work together instead of at each other's expense. The U.S. says Russian Federation is violating it anyway.

- "Very insulting" - Trump's visit, which kickstarts two days of events marking the centenary of the end of World War 1, had looked set to be tumultuous after he fired off a tweet on arrival in Paris late Friday berating Macron's calls for a European army.

In the first move of its kind, Facebook will allow a small number of French regulators to "embed" inside the company and examine how the social media giant combats hate speech online, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

Most Americans have never heard of the treaty that's being scrapped, but it has a clear meaning for European policymakers.

He was referring to Trump's decision last month to withdraw the US from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, which banned ground-launched nuclear missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,420 miles). "We must have a Europe that can defend itself more, without just relying on the U.S".

Another sore point for Macron and Trump: the question of a joint European army, which Macron has championed but which could overlap with the US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance. "It's very important to us to have a strong Europe", he said.

The prime minister also suggested European leaders should "change their approach to us" as a result of this alleged protection.

France was the epicentre of the conflict. French president Emmanuel Macron announced the initiative yesterday, and it is the result of months of informal talks between Facebook execs and the French government, reports TechCrunch.

Trump and Macron also have extensive differences over trade and US sanctions on Iran, but made little progress in reconciling their views at the Elysee. Among them: Russia's political meddling and military buildup, as well as a sense that Trump is abandoning USA commitments to European allies.

Trump, who has repeatedly declared himself a nationalist, sat mostly stone-faced as he listened to Macron, who sees himself as Europe's foil to the rising sentiment, which has taken hold in Hungary and Poland among other countries. During the tour, he warned of the dangers of the resurgence of nationalism in Europe, saying it posed a threat to the continent - a theme he touched on again in his speech.

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