The French Ministry of the Interior stated that the majority of content related to Islam on social networks in France “is linked to the Salafist field and falls within Islamic extremism, and is very far from the spiritual field.”
“The killing of Samuel Baty reinforced the sense of urgency on social media,” French Citizenship Minister Marlene Schiappa told reporters, referring to the online campaign against the teacher based on false information provided by a student at his school. “We must respond to these speeches” and “help young people who are exposed to false information in social networks, to exercise their free will by producing clean content that promotes the values of the republic,” Schiappa added.
The role of the Republican Counter-Speech Unit, a 15-member team, is to “monitor” and “respond to extremist content” and provide education through posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok.
For its part, the Ministry of the Interior stressed that “it is necessary to reach new generations, but also other generations, because everyone today forms their opinions through networks,” while the unit’s work is focused on “the pressing threat of Islamic extremism” and “other forms of separatism”, such as the extreme right. .