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LE MONDE (France), ANSA, MISNA (Italy)

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TRIPOLI - Some 100 armed men stormed Libya’s parliament late Tuesday, preventing the confirmation of 30 cabinet members for the new government of prime minister Ali Zeidan, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Fighters have invaded parliament several times before, each time bringing proceedings to a halt. “This has grave consequences for Libyan democracy,” said Mohamed Mogarief, the president of the assembly, according to ANSA.

The armed men were stopped by security forces after a dozen had entered the hall with guns, but Mogarief ordered parliament to close, saying, “This is a way of exercising psychological pressure….All Libyans and the whole world need to see what conditions we work in. The situation is out of control.”

The armed men had paused before a television crew to be filmed, Le Mondereported.

Libya’s stability is important to the world, says an Italian oil executive interviewed by Italian Catholic news site Misna. The nation has the largest amount of crude oil reserves in Africa, and oil production reached its pre-war levels last May. “A stable government, a clear transition time frame, increased security at the national level and effective control of the territory” will all be necessary before Libya can recover, the executive said.

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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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