France: Twitter Is More Than Welcome to Relocate From the United States

Posted: May 31, 2020 4:20 PM
France: Twitter Is More Than Welcome to Relocate From the United States

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Twitter has found itself in a sticky predicament after the company decided to fact-check President Donald Trump's tweets about potential voter fraud associated with absentee ballots. The organization came under fire for placing a fact-check on Trump's tweets but failing to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for their propaganda campaign. The social media platform quickly did an about-face and fact-checked CCP Spokesman Lijian Zhao's tweets from March that stated the Wuhan coronavirus originated in the United States.

The damage was done. Twitter played their card and exposed just how biased they truly are and, because of that, President Trump signed an executive order allowing the government to regulate social media platforms. Before the EO was signed, section 230 of the Communications Decency Act provided coverage for platforms like Twitter and Facebook so they could not be held accountable for the validity of users' posts. 

When Twitter decided to fact-check Trump's comments, the social media platform was no longer acting as an internet service provider but as a publisher. 

That executive order is what French Junior Digital-Affairs Minister Cedric O sees as an opportunity. 

“If Twitter would consider at some point that the U.S. circumstances would no longer allow the company to develop according to its values, and to continue to expand, and if there would be too much instability for various reasons, the company would obviously be welcome in Europe, and particularly in France,” O said in an interview with Radio J on Sunday, Bloomberg reported.

O said he has yet to talk to anyone at Twitter but is more than willing to do so.