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Macron Emphasizes Content Moderation in Meeting with Musk

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Photo from Emmanuel Macron’s Twitter used in accordance with the Copyright Law. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Elon Musk in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 2, 2022.

i24 NewsFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said he had a “clear and honest” discussion with Twitter owner Elon Musk during an unannounced face-to-face meeting in New Orleans.

Macron tweeted that he voiced concerns about content moderation on the highly influential platform, which Musk, who also owns electric car giant Tesla, bought for $44 billion in October.

“I’ll say it here, on Twitter, because it’s all about the blue bird. This afternoon I met with (Musk) and we had a clear and honest discussion,” Macron tweeted after the hour-long, closed-door sit-down at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

“Transparent user policies, significant reinforcement of content moderation and protection of freedom of speech: efforts have to be made by Twitter to comply with European regulations,” Macron said.

The meeting came as Musk is facing pressure over his plans for Twitter and the site’s ability to control hate speech and illegal content, especially in the wake of pop star Kanye West’s extraordinary spiral into antisemitic conspiracy-mongering. West, who now goes by Ye, was a prolific user of the micro-blogging platform before being banned by Musk on Friday over antisemitic hate speech.

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