Behind Donald Trump’s suspension on social networks, questions about the regulation of public speaking by private companies

INTERVIEW – Georgie Courtois, associate lawyer at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associé, digital specialist and Jean-Claude Beaujour, international lawyer and vice-president of France Amériques, answered the questions of the “Figaro”.

By making the decision to permanently close Donald Trump’s account, Twitter hit hard a few days before the end of the Republican’s mandate. The President of the United States‘ account, which was its primary channel of communication, is one of the most influential in the United States with 88 million subscribers. To justify its decision, the social network points to two tweets dated Friday, January 8, which can “ incite violence ”And which therefore violate its internal rules.

In recent days, Donald Trump’s Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch accounts have also been frozen. In addition to the debates in favor or against the elected official, these suspensions mainly raise fundamental questions about the regulation of public debate by private companies. The power of censorship of social networks questions and worries.

Georgie Courtois, partner lawyer at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associé, practitioner of new technologies and digital law, and Jean-Claude Beaujour, international lawyer

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