Macron plays to France's young voters in YouTube video

France — Link

With great relish and a straight face, France's president told a series of tall tales in a YouTube video that quickly went viral.

Idea of total freedom of expression on internet has 'never been true' says US academic

Culture et idées — Interview

The American academic Sarah T. Roberts explains that social media networks have become popular by posing as supporters of freedom of expression with no limits. But, she argues, this promise has in fact never been kept and instead content moderation has become a globalised industry. Medapart's Géraldine Delacroix spoke to Sarah T. Roberts ahead of a seminar in Paris on digital culture.

Abusers of women online are 'getting away with it' in France


An official body in charge of overseeing sexual equality in France has criticised the way that many people are harassing women online “with impunity”. This is despite the many laws that are available to combat such harassment. The Haut Conseil à l’Égalité entre les Femmes et les Hommes (HCE) points to a trial it carried out in 2017 in which less than 8% of sexist content flagged to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube was taken down. Louise Fessard reports.

French presidential election candidates take to YouTube

France — Link

The campaigning for the two-round elections that begin on April 23rd is heating up, with candidates turning for the first time to video blogs as a relatively inexpensive means of reaching a mass audience.

Vivendi confirms bid to buy Dailymotion

France — Link

The media group's move comes after government pressure on Dailymotion owner Orange to keep the Youtube competitor in French hands.