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after successive meetings between Facebook's mark Zuckerberg and French president Emmanuel McCrone a deal that is the world's first readers learned exclusively on Tuesday the Facebook has agreed to hand over data identifying French users who post hate speech on its platform to the country's judges France's minister for digital affairs Cedric %HESITATION told Reuters this is huge news it means that the judicial process will be able to run normally they're only doing it for France discussions between Zuckerberg and my crown on how to best regulate tech giants began last year the French president eager to take a leading role globally on the regulation of hate speech and the spread of false information online it was followed by a meeting in may that coincided with the report commissioned by McCrone recommending increased oversight of Facebook and an independent regulator to keep an eye on other large tech companies when it comes to hate speech soccer Berg commended the report saying it could be a blueprint for the whole European Union prior to the new deal Facebook had refrained from identifying those suspected of hate speech because it was not compelled to do so under U. S. French legal conventions and because a worried that countries without an independent judiciary could abuse it