Tech & Science Snapchat in turn moderates Trump's messages "inciting to racial violence"

01:10  04 june  2020
01:10  04 june  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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The popular messaging platform Snapchat has announced it would remove US President Donald Trump from its Discover tab, accusing him of “We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. Racial violence and injustice have no place

Snapchat said: " Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America." President Trump has more than one million followers on Snapchat , according to the Bloomberg news agency, and his account will not be

Snapchat modère à son tour les messages de Trump incitant à la © DENIS CHARLET Snapchat in turn moderates Trump's messages inciting to "racial violence"

Snapchat, social network very popular with young generation Z joined Twitter on Wednesday to reduce the echo of messages from Donald Trump, who "incite racial violence" in a country where hundreds of thousands have marched for 10 days against violence against the black minority.

Snapchat has announced that it will no longer promote messages from the President of the United States, even if they remain visible to subscribers to its account and appear when a user does a specific search.

"We are not going to amplify voices that incite racial violence and injustice by promoting them for free on Discover", the network's news feed where users can find new products, recommendations or even publications from media or well-known figures, the company said.

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Snapchat - whose employees were busted spying on users sexting each other - has joined the digital resistance, announcing that they will no longer "We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover," the company said on Wednesday.

“We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. Racial violence and injustice have no place in our Later in the day, the Trump re-election campaign complained about Snapchat ’ s decision to stop promoting the president’ s content, claiming

Snapchat joins Twitter which provoked the ire of the President of the United States last week, by putting warnings on the messages he sends to his more than 81 million subscribers. One concerned electoral fraud, which Twitter considered to be disinformation, and the other could suggest that the president was calling for the looting of looters.

The two networks have however chosen not to ban Donald Trump entirely.

The latter took very badly the initiatives of Twitter, taking advantage of his audience on the network to denounce what he perceives as censorship and a confirmation of a bias from the left and anti-Republican party.

The presidential campaign for his re-election also quickly published a press release accusing Snapchat of wanting to "rig" the November 3 poll.

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"We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover Shares fell 2.4% after the announcement. Trump ' s Snapchat account, which consists Twitter ignited a furor last week by placing labels on several of Trump ' s tweets that it said violated its

President Trump ’ s post on Friday not only threatens violence by the state against its citizens, it also sends a signal to millions who take cues from the President. Trump ’ s rhetoric, steeped in the history of American racism, targeted people whom Facebook would not allow to repeat his words back to him.

- "Peace, Love, Equality and Justice" -

"Snapchat extremist CEO Evan Spiegel prefers to promote videos of far-left riots and encourage users to destroy America rather than sharing the positive message of unity, justice, law and order of the president, "accuses the campaign.

"Racial violence and injustice have no place in society and we stand in solidarity with all those who seek peace, love, equality and justice in America", underlines Snapchat in an email to AFP.

During the weekend, Mr. Spiegel had sent a long letter to the employees of Snap, the parent company of the network, to condemn what he perceived as the perpetuation of racial injustice in America.

"Every minute during which we are silent in the face of evil and injustice, we act in favor of those who do evil," he wrote.

This announcement - like that of Twitter - comes as hundreds of thousands of people have been demonstrating for more than a week across the country - demonstrations sometimes interspersed with violence and looting - against police violence against minorities visible and in particular to the black population.

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Snapchat says Trump ' s content will remain accessible to those who search for it. Reuters notes that Trump ' s Snapchat account "consists mostly of campaign "As for Snapchat , we simply cannot promote accounts in America that are linked to people who incite racial violence , whether they do so

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The death of George Floyd, asphyxiated by a police officer while he was handcuffed and presented no resistance, at the end of May was the trigger for these demonstrations in a country already hit by a pandemic which made more than 100,000 dead and unemployed tens of millions of people.

Unlike Twitter or now Snapchat, Facebook, the world's leading social network, has chosen not to flag or censor the President's messages in any way.

A decision assumed by Mark Zuckerberg, the director and founder of Facebook, but criticized very publicly by some of his employees, some having preferred to resign than to continue working for the company.

Publicly, the young billionaire is sticking to positions, which had been exposed for a long time last year during an ultra-mediatized speech in front of Georgetown University, and which can be summed up by two conclusions: do not delete the messages of the President, in the name of freedom of expression and the public interest in obtaining information, and it is not for a private company to determine who has the right to speak or not.

However, Facebook says that even political speeches can be censored if they praise violence or hatred, for example.

- Counterattack -

Stung by Twitter, Donald Trump had quickly signed a decree attacking Section 230 of the "Communications Decency Act".

The cornerstone of the American internet, it notably offers Facebook, Twitter or YouTube (Google) immunity from any legal action related to content published by third parties and gives them the freedom to intervene on platforms as they wish.

The decree seeks to modify the scope of this 1996 law and states that immunity cannot extend to those who practice "censorship from certain points of view".

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