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LA VANGUARDIA (Spain), CLARIN (Argentina)

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An 80-year-old Spanish woman's botched restoration of a 19th-century Jesus Christ mural, which made international headlines last month, may wind up an accidental gold mine.

Lawyers for Cecilia Gimenez say their client may seek to copyright the now world-(in)famous image. While the holy (and sloppy) handiwork sparked outrage among art lovers, it also attracted a viral wave of attention.

The online fervor has translated into a steady stream of curious visitors to the Borja sanctuary that houses the disfigured Ecce Homo mural. According to Spain’s La Vanguardia newspaper, the non-profit foundation that operates the sanctuary began charging admission: 1 euro per person.

The “restored” painting – which bears a striking resemblance to a new species of monkey discovered recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo – has sparked no shortage of jokes and parodies. One bakery in Madrid decided to honor Gimenez by squirting chocolate replicas of her “artwork” on crepes.

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Absolute Free Speech Is A Recipe For Violence: Notes From Paris For Monsieur Musk

Elon Musk bought Twitter in the name of absolute freedom. But numerous research shows that social media hate speech leads to actual violence. Musk and others running social networks need to strike a balance.

Absolute Free Speech Is A Recipe For Violence: Notes From Paris For Monsieur Musk

Freedom on social networks can result in insults and defamation

Jean-Marc Vittori

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PARIS — Elon Musk is the world's leading reckless driver. The ever unpredictable CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is now behind a very different wheel as the new head of Twitter.

He began by banning remote work before slightly backtracking and authorizing it for the company’s “significant contributors.” Now he’s opened the door to Donald Trump to return to Twitter, while at the same time vaunting a decrease in the number of hate-messages that appear on the social network…all while firing Twitter’s content moderation teams.

But this time, the world’s richest man will have to make choices. He’ll have to limit his otherwise unconditional love of free speech. “Freedom consists of being able to do everything that does not harm others,” proclaimed the French-born Declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789.

Yet freedom on social networks results not only in insults and defamation, but sometimes also in physical aggression.

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