Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO], demands that her agency be given the power to regulate social media.
She claims that UNESCO needs to fight “disinformation” and “hate speech” on social media. Of course, these terms are opinions that can be applied to anything.
Azoulay was born on August 4, 1972, in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France, to Moroccan-born Jewish parents. Her father, André Azoulay, has served as an advisor to two different Moroccan kings. She has been director of UNESCO since 2017. Usually, UNESCO is associated with protecting historical sites. However, she is trying to expand the organization to be the self-appointed social media regulator.
Azoulay just unveiled a plan to grant herself the power to censor international social media platforms.
“Digital technology has enabled immense progress on freedom of speech. But social media platforms have also accelerated and amplified the spread of false information and hate speech, posing major risks to societal cohesion, peace and stability. To protect access to information, we must regulate these platforms without delay, while at the same time protecting freedom of expression and human rights.” – Azoulay