The knife attack committed by a Syrian refugee on Thursday morning on children in a park in Annecy gripped the entire political class with terror. So much so that all the debates around the pension reform have passed into the background. The government quickly put itself in battle order in the face of the horror of this tragedy which involved the vital prognosis of several victims. While the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior went directly to Haute-Savoie to meet with the competent authorities, the Minister Delegate in charge of the Digital Transition and Telecommunications was forced to clean up on Twitter.
The attack having been filmed, some videos of the assailant holding a knife are circulating on the social network. Faced with this phenomenon, Jean-Noël Barrot therefore indicated that the executive was “in connection with the Twitter teams to ensure the removal of any shocking image.” “I remind you that their dissemination is punishable by law,” added the member of the executive. The opportunity also for the minister to recall the procedure.
When a user identifies a video that seems problematic, he can report it on the government platform Pharos. While several post-attack excerpts were widely shared on social networks and streaming news channels, a video of the criminal act was viewed by some media. The government wants to avoid any too broad exposure of the latter which should however be useful to the judicial and police authorities.