How the French government is cracking down on online privacy – Axios

France has imposed fines of as much as 100,000 euros ($115,000) for social media companies that don’t take action against hate speech and threats to kill the country’s first female president.

On Tuesday, the country also imposed fines on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitter for “inciting hatred” and for “linking to hate.”

The country also ordered that Facebook and Twitter be blocked from French telecommunications companies, which have been accused of providing access to terrorist groups and spreading false information about the government.

The French government has also said it will block the websites of France-based political parties, the Associated Press reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron has already imposed a two-month moratorium on presidential election campaigning, a move that will allow for an official election in March.

However, the government has not yet taken the unprecedented step of imposing a blanket ban on the Internet, which is generally seen as the safest way to keep social media platforms from facilitating hate speech.

France has been grappling with online hate crimes in the wake of the deadly attacks on a Jewish cemetery and a satirical magazine in November that killed 12 people and injured dozens more.