US government officials said on Monday that US technology giants Amazon and Apple have yet to sign a new French initiative to make global technology companies publicly commit to abide by principles including fair distribution of taxes.

French President Emmanuel Macron has been seeking technology giants to cooperate with the government to tackle a series of global challenges for the past three years, such as fighting hate speech online, protecting privacy or donating to the national treasury.

In a public outcry against the good luck of technology groups during the coronavirus pandemic this year, Macron’s advisers said on Monday that the president asked technology companies to sign a new plan called “Tech for Good Call” that emphasized the COVID The post-principle world.

The French government has released a list of 75 high-tech company executives that have signed the initiative so far, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft President Brad Smith. Apple and Amazon are clearly not on the list.

Apple declined to comment, but French officials said that negotiations with the organization are ongoing and they can still join the plan. The details will be officially announced on Tuesday. French officials said they refused to join the program, but an Amazon representative did not respond to a request for comment.

The presidential adviser said at a press conference: “The goal is also… to objectively observe those who decide to play and align their interests with individuals and society, and those who do not participate in this joint sport.”

Leading technology executives such as Facebook’s Zuckerberg attended the so-called “Technology for Good” summit held by the French President at the Elysee Palace in 2018. The summit gave birth to a working group that has become the government’s The source of tension between big technology. “.

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This new measure is not legally binding, but French officials have stated that Macron will use this as a means to influence negotiations in the upcoming global regulatory technology forum.

During the OECD talks, the governments of the United States and European countries disputed over major technical issues of taxation.

The signatories of “Technology for Good Calls” promise to “contribute fairly (in the country where they operate) to taxation”; prevent the distribution of “child sexual abuse materials, terrorist or extremely violent online content”; and “support ecological transformation” “Wait.

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