Elon Musk assures Emmanuel Macron that children will be protected online

The whimsical billionaire replied to the President of the Republic that Twitter “was going to take action in this regard”.

Questioned by Emmanuel Macron, the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, replied on Friday that “aabsolutely“, children were going to be protected online, while the French president launched a”laboratoryon the issue with international actors.

Emmanuel Macron initiated Thursday in Paris a “online child protection lab», bringing together platforms, NGOs and regulators, to respond to the growing exposure of minors to pornography, harassment and online violence. “@elonmusk, Will the bird protect our children?» («Will the bird protect our children?)“tweeted the head of state in reference to the famous logo of the social network in the shape of a blue bird. “Absolutely“, replied in French the boss of Twitter. “We will take action in this regard“, he also wrote in English.

The laboratory was inaugurated during a meeting at the Élysée with non-governmental organizations and representatives of major digital platforms and search engines (Meta, Microsoft, Google, TikTok…) on the occasion of the Paris Forum on Peace. “The digital space cannot be a place of lawlessness. It is the fight that we have led against terrorism, that we are leading against online hate speech. This is what we must pursue in terms of protecting our children.“, according to Emmanuel Macron. The laboratory must identify the “good ways to regulate and better protect our children online“, underlined the Head of State, who called on all the actors “volunteersto join the initiative.


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