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L'ORIENT LE JOUR (Lebanon)

BEIRUT - "Bring Candles & Lebanese Flags only.." pleads the message on Facebook.

A group of young Lebanese activists have organized a meeting Monday night on Martyrs Square, in Beirut, under the slogan "Say no to War… we want Peace in Lebanon."

Sunday, two anti-Syrian Sunni Muslim clerics were killed at a Lebanese Army checkpoint in north Lebanon, sparking violent clashes between pro and anti-Syrian groups that left 18 people injured.

Fears that the Syrian conflict could spill over into Lebanon had the Internet mobilized on Sunday, reports L'Orient Le Jour. "On twitter, Lebanese youths who haven't lived through the civil war were worrying that it might all start again," explains journalist Mario Garaieb, one of the organizers of Monday's meeting. "We don't want to be pulled into a new war," adds student Jessica Obeid, another organizer.

The 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War resulted in between 130,000 and 250,000 deaths, one million wounded and an exodus of more a quarter of the population.

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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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