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Charter for a free open and safe Internet

 

On the initiative of the French Presidency of the G7 supported by Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Australia and the European Union, a further step has been taken forward in the fight against harmful content online. Building on the Christchurch Call of the 15th of May 2019, companies and civil society organisations have endorsed a Charter for free, open and safe Internet. By signing this Charter, they have made commitments on transparency and cooperation, for a responsible and safe use of Internet, as the spread of illegal content online threatens human rights and democratic values. The Charter’s signing parties have agreed to counter illegal content online in a proportionate manner, in strict compliance with freedom of expression and media freedom.

Commitments have been made more specifically on the topics of content removal, content moderation, transparency and victim support. For example, this Charter seeks to « provide simple, easily accessible, transparent and effective processes for tackling and notifying illegal content ».

Major companies and civil society organisations that have signed this Charter include: Facebook, Microsoft, Qwant, Twitter, the Web Foundation and Youtube.

Companies wishing to sign the Charter are invited to contact the Directorate General for Enterprise (Direction Générale des Entreprises) at the following address: digitalcharter.dge@finances.gouv.fr

 

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