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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #296 - Call of Christchurch: How to save the soldier Zuckerberg (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:34:58 +0300

The attack on two mosques in New Zealand has sparked a lot of criticism of the Web giant's inability to moderate its content. Two months later, Emmanuel Macron and Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minister, launched from Paris a " Christchurch Appeal " against online extremism. Behind the facade of laudable intentions and reassuring speeches, what credit can we give to the word of the rulers and GAFAM ? ---- On March 15, a white supremacist was committing an Islamophobic mass murder by attacking two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. ---- The author of this racist massacre - adhering to the so-called " grand replacement " theory promoted by the entire fachosphere following the racist and conspiracy writings of the French essayist Renaud Camus - innovated by using social networks not only upstream his massacre but also by putting himself directly on stage during his first attack, broadcast live via his Facebook account. This has obviously been pointed out by many critics.

GAFAM and the spread of hatred
In recent years, social networks have been heavily used to disseminate hate content. Recall only that before the Facebook Live of March 15, the massacre of Parkland high school in Florida in February 2018 (17 victims) had been filmed and live-tweeted. If emotion is legitimate in the face of the drama of Christchurch born delusions of the white supremacists, the reactions calling for the empowerment of Gafam and a better filtering of the diffused contents are they at the height of the stakes ? Is there a call for increased accountability from GAFAM to end the spread of hate speech and other content via content social networks ?

Reacting to this " call of Christchurch ", the association La Quadrature du Net has evoked an image that could not be more explicit: " ask[r]the arsonists to extinguish the fire ." Behind the appearance of a takeover by the " public authorities ", this call only endorses practices validated by the European Commission in recent months: give Gafam only the power to judge what are hate content and unlawful. By making believe a change in practices, we maintain the essential: the capitalist model of Facebook et al. This is the model that should be criticized ! In fact, the interests of some, the states, are not in contradiction with the interests of others, the Gafam.

Behind the promises of modification and reinforcement of the operating rules and moderation hides the real problem, that of a capitalist model that fructifies on the accumulation of personal data for commercial purposes. Which data can also be used in the context of a generalized or targeted state surveillance (and we could well be or become its targets !).

We learn this Wednesday, June 26 that Facebook will now accept to provide the justice IP addresses of hate speech writers. A great world premiere some of which pretend to rejoice. But will the IPs of the hate capitalists also be disclosed ?

David (UCL Greater Paris-South)

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