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Cyberbullying: G7 ministers launch an appeal to online platforms

The G7 Ministerial Meeting on Gender Equality ended on Friday 10 May 2019 with the adoption of a meaningful and unprecedented joint declaration by the 7 countries (France, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy) urging the platforms to tackle cyberbullying and all forms of sexual and gender-based violence online.
 
Meeting under the presidency of Marlène Schiappa, the Ministers and representatives thus called for illegal content to be removed swiftly and for simple, intuitive reporting mechanisms to be put in place.

"We, the G7 nations, are launching this appeal to platforms so that they assume their responsibilities in terms of cyberbullying and online violence," the Minister said.

In her speech, Emma Watson, member of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality, also called for online harassment to be considered a genuine form of violence.

After toughening its penalisation last summer by making group harassment online a punishable offence (Act of 3 August 2018), the Minister had urged platforms and hosts to be more vigilant against online hate content and particularly received Twitter to remind them of their obligations. A proposal for legislation against online hate will be presented in 2019.