France, which is hosting the G7 summit in Biarritz, was initially hoping to make social media giants sign a so-called “Charter for an Open, Free, and Safe Internet” but now delayed the planned signing of a pledge amid pressure from the United States.
“The Charter will be signed by major digital stakeholders in Paris on 23 August, before being presented to the G7 States in Biarritz”.
France’s junior minister for the digital industry told reporters the signing would eventually take place on Monday.
“The initial idea was to make the platforms come to Biarritz and until now, the United States were against the signature of this pledge,” Cedric O said.
“Diplomatically, it was sensitive to make US platforms come to Biarritz and sign something while the American president wasn’t there,” he said.
According to Cedric O, Google, Facebook and Snapchat were among the platforms due to sign the charter.
French G7 presidency said, It aims to create a collective movement that guarantees transparency and cooperation for the safe and positive use of the Internet.
It is based on Christchurch’s call to expand the scope of the commitments made by the platforms, particularly in terms of removing content, moderating, ensuring transparency and supporting victims.
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13 November, 2019