French court to Twitter: Hand over names of racist tweeters

After Twitter, France has been hit with a series of anti-Semitic tweet in October, the court ruled the social networking service you need to identify who is behind the posts. Twitter is considering the judgment.

A French court ruled today that Twitter must turn over the identities users who post racist tweets.

(Credit: Illustration by James Martin/CNET)

Twitter must hand over user identities in France and send tweets racist, a French court ruled today.

According to AFP, the Court’s ruling stemmed from a test of “who opposed the right to freedom of expression against laws banning hate speech,” and responded to a petition in October as part of ‘French Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), which stated that many anti-Semitic tweet had violated the law in the European country.

The UEJF had asked Twitter to do a better job of police, of course, anti-Semitic tweet.
Twitter said today in a statement that “we are reviewing the court’s decision.”

In October, Twitter was flooded with anti-Semitic language related to French tweet hashtag “# unbonjuif” (“a good Jew”), prompting many to argue that social media in general and Twitter in particular, blacks are sources of content questionable (Article in French). An important element of the complaints aimed at Twitter was that it was too difficult for users to report questionable tweets.

At the moment, Twitter refuted this argument, pointing out that a simple Google search for, say, “Report Twitter behavior” returns a number of different methods for reporting, and reporting, abusive messages or users.

Twitter also said in October that it was concerned about the behavior of users and can egregious, and sometimes does, act against the perpetrators of such activities. The company said, for example, that can monitor trending topics, proactively remove these conditions that are considered offensive by his highly influential real-time list of popular subjects, such as “swastika.” Today, AFP reported that Twitter had removed some of the anti-Semitic tweet in October.

But Twitter has also long emphasized the freedom of expression of users and the company said in October alone, there is nothing of a term like “good Jew” that is inherently anti-Semitic. In a case such as that in France, is to alert users of abusive tweets, the company claimed, and reserves the right not to intervene unless these posts are clearly illegal in the country where it was reported the tweet.

It ‘s almost certain that the position which brought the UEJF to take his case to the French courts.

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