France commits to combat racist content on social media
admin • March 20, 2018 • 4919
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks at the Elysee Palace after a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
France will toughen restrictions against racism and anti-Semitism on the internet and will actively contribute to the fight on a European level.
This was assured by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Monday over the fact that illegal online broadcasts of football matches are more quickly blocked than racist or anti-Semitic remarks.
For this reason, internet hosts and social media sites should be required to remove hateful speech, Philippe said.
Philippe said French President Emmanuel Macron’s government plan to fight on a European level for a legislative project that would force operators to withdraw hateful, racist or anti-Semitic content as soon as possible.
While the number of recorded hate crimes in France has decreased by 16 percent in 2017, the number of violent hateful actions has risen, the premier said. — Reuters
A children advocacy group warned against the dangers of participating in trending photo challenges on social media.
Save the Children Philippines CEO Atty. Alberto Muyot said cyber criminals target photos and videos of children online to sell them or upload on pedophile sites.
“Mayroon nga pong mga samples na nagpapakita ng photo ng kanilang anak na bata nililIguan and then suddenly kumalat na iyon doon sa sites ng mga pedophiles as part ng sex trafficking ng mga bata, child pornography, (There were instances where they uploaded a photo of their child bathing and then suddenly it became viral in pedophile sites as part of child sex trafficking, child pornography),” he said.
Muyot also lamented that the Philippines has become the center of online sexual exploitation of children in the world. Based on the data of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Cybercrime Division, the number of sexual images of Filipino children in social media sites increased from 45,645 in 2017 to around 600,000 in 2019.
“We are sure na ngayong na babad na babad po ang mga bata, mga tao, adults, doon po sa internet at tataas pa po iyong numbers (We are sure that the number would further increase given that children and adults these days are spending more time online),” Muyot said.
Authorities advise the public to immediately report any information regarding cybercrime activities to the following:
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended the deportation of the Chinese woman who went viral for hitting a traffic enforcer and a biker in Makati City.
Immigration acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac reiterated that foreign nationals staying in the Philippines should also follow the law. There will be no special treatment and no exceptions for them, Mabulac said.
“Hindi po ibig sabihin ay isang dayuhan siya ay may espesyal siyang batas. Kung ano ang batas na pinatutupad po sa isang ordinaryong Pilipino, dapat sundin po ng kahit sino pang dayuhan na nandito sa ating bansa, (It does not mean that foreign nationals have a special law. The law followed by an ordinary Filipino should also be followed by any foreign national here in the country),” he said.
Authorities have also discovered that the Chinese woman identified as Dong Li is only under a tourist visa and has not followed the necessary requirements to update her status. The Immigration cited overstaying and disrespect to authority as grounds for deporting Dong.
“Basically, dalawa po ang tinitingnan natin. Siya po ay overstaying at the same time, iyong undersirability. Klarong-klaro naman po doon sa social media, at naging viral pa naman, iyong disrespect sa authority. Bawal na bawal po iyan (Basically, we are looking into two (violations). She is overstaying and, at the same time, there is undesirability. It is clear in the viral post on social media that she disrespected a person of authority. That is prohibited),” Mabulac said.
The agency already recommended to their legal division the filing of appropriate cases for Li’s deportation. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
Several hundred Nokia workers protested in Paris on Wednesday (July 8) against plans to cut over 1,200 jobs in its French subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent International.
Nokia has said most of the layoffs would come from research and development (R&D) teams. Unions say this is incomprehensible when Europe is preparing to deploy the next generation mobile network.
Member of the French parliament from the ruling party LaRem, Eric Bothorel, who was elected in the northwestern region of Côtes-d’Armor, where there are planned job cuts, said Nokia’s announcement came just after the date set releasing the company from commitments to preserve jobs.
Nokia was bound to job retention commitments when it acquired Alcatel Lucent in 2015. They expired in June.
Bothorel said the move was “making fun of the government” as it targeted people who were recently hired.
Nokia says it will continue to be a major employer in France with a strong foothold in R&D. (Reuters)
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