The University of Aix-Marseille suspends its presence on X (formerly Twitter) “taking into account its editorial evolution”

In a press release issued by (…) it places coexistence, respect and the fight against all forms of discrimination and hatred at the center of its actions. Faithful to its values, the University of Aix-Marseille has decided to suspend its activity on day X.”

“Withdrawing from the European code of good practices against disinformation and modifying its rules of moderation, science, openness towards others and tolerance,” explains the largest French university in number of students (80,000) in a press release.

On his X account, which has 20,800 subscribers, he published institutional news. The university continues to be present on three other social networks: LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

After purchasing Twitter last year, Elon Musk carried out a massive wave of layoffs that decimated moderation teams. He periodically reaffirms his vision of freedom of expression, rejecting any “censorship,” although he assures that he respects the laws of each country.

In May, Twitter decided to abandon the EU code of good practice against online disinformation, a voluntary code launched in 2018 that contains around forty commitments aimed, in particular, at improving cooperation with fact-checkers and depriving advertising sites that distribute fake news.

In mid-October, the European Commission announced the opening of an investigation against this social network for the alleged dissemination of “false information”, “violent and terrorist content” or “incitement to hatred”, a few days after the start of a war between Israel and Hamas unleashed by a bloody attack launched by the Palestinian Islamist movement.

The University of Aix-Marseille is not the first institution to take this pause: this year the University of Rennes 2, Sciences-po Toulouse, Enssib… have also decided to stop publishing on this network.

Leave a Comment