OK, there is a big, big problem here with Web Summit and Le Pen (and no, bros, it’s not about “freeze peach”).
Either the organiser(s) is/are so dumb that they didn’t know in advance what the reaction would be (unlikely, but not impossible), or we’ve been played. Neither is good.
— Philip O’Connor (@philipoconnor) August 15, 2018
Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave, rebranded logo on twitter and tweet from journalist Philip O’Connor
Paddy Cosgrave has withdrawn his invitation for French far right politician Marine Le Pen to speak at his Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in November.
In a series of tweets, he explained having Ms Le Pen at the event would be “disrespectful” to “our host country”.
Last night, he wrote a blog post defending his decision to invite her, saying
“…the easy decision for Web Summit is to shirk robust debate with those who hold extreme views of this nature. The easy decision for Web Summit is to rescind Marine Le Pen’s invitation.
“But for now we have chosen not to because we believe banning or attempting to ignore these views, which have been fanned in our view by technology, does little to furthering understanding.”
This afternoon, he tweeted the following…
Nice work, brah.
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