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#1 brianshapiro

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:06

http://www.thelocal....rs-french-court

France orders Twitter to help ID racist users

Published: 24 Jan 2013 14:49 GMT+01:00 | Print version
Updated: 24 Jan 2013 14:49 GMT+01:00

A French court ruled on Thursday that Twitter must hand over data to help identify the authors of racist or anti-Semitic messages posted on its micro-blogging site.

The ruling follows a legal complaint lodged in October by France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) which argued that numerous tweets had breached French law prohibiting incitement to racial hatred.

The union took the legal action against Twitter to force the site to reveal details on people who posted a slew of anti-Semitic hate messages.

The court in Paris on Thursday said Twitter must now do this "within the framework of its French site".

Speaking to The Local after the court's decision the president of the UEJF Jonathan Hayoun said the ruling was important step in the fight against anti-Semitism.

"Anti-Semitic abuse is just the same whether it's out on the street or on Twitter. The court has made it very clear that Twitter needs to help the police in identifying those who post hateful messages.The authorities must now do their job.

" This is not an attack on freedom of speech at all. We are living in a climate of anti-Semitism in France."

In October, the UEJF said it had forced Twitter to take down many offending tweets that had flooded the site under the hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodjew), with examples including: "#agoodjew is a dead Jew".

Following that, more anti-Semitic messages were sighted with a new keyword, #unjuifmort (#adeadjew).

A Twitter spokesman refused at the time to comment directly on the tweets and reiterated the company's standard response that it "does not mediate content".

He added: "If we are alerted to content that may be in violation of our terms of service, we will investigate each report and respond according to the policies and procedures outlined in our support pages."

These state that Twitter cannot delete tweets but allow for accounts generating content in breach of its rules or considered illegal to be suspended.

The site had also said it would not hand over details of account holders unless ordered to do so by a judge.


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#2 1941

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:08

authors of racist or anti-Semitic messages posted on its micro-blogging site.


Would not they be one in the same? No freedom of speech in France..

#3 2xSilverKnight

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:19

(Some) Jews at it again. Everything is anti-semitic to them.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:25

(Some) Jews at it again. Everything is anti-semitic to them.

Saying that good Jews are dead Jews certainly sounds antisemitic to me...

#5 SiCKX

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:25

This will spark even more jew jokes.

#6 2xSilverKnight

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:28

Saying that good Jews are dead Jews certainly sounds antisemitic to me...


Yeah it is ... but I see that word beeing abused all the time.

#7 Arkos Reed

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:28

(Some) Jews at it again. Everything is anti-semitic to them.


TBH, the tweets in question are clearly anti-semitic, I've seen quite a few of them.

And yes there is freedom of speech in France, as long as it does not impede someone else's rights, this is the general consensus. Only Hate speech, libel and slander are considered unlawful if proven and can therefore be subject to prosecution if a physical or moral person presses charges.

#8 Yusuf M.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:29

What ? :huh:

I'm guessing you didn't fully read the article.

#9 Colicab

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:33

Racism = No. Homophobic = Ok.

Yeh France you make sense.....

#10 2xSilverKnight

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:40

I'm guessing you didn't fully read the article.


Yeah I didn't saw the tweets. I changed my post.

#11 Arkos Reed

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:42

Racism = No. Homophobic = Ok.

Yeh France you make sense.....

Wrong, explicitly homophobic language is also considered hate speech and therefore subject to prosecution, however, there's a bit of a gray area in this case. Charges can be pressed only if the homophobic speech is directed at an individual.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:51

well, i do know some people who change the word to 'gay' for stuff they dont' like.

example:
playstation -> gaystation
GeForce -> gayforce

#13 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 17:58

It concerns me that anti-Semitism is treated more seriously than other forms of persecution, especially when the holocaust is invoked to justify it (though I'm not saying that's the case here). Anti-Semitism should fall under 'racial discrimination' or 'religious hatred', both of which are valid offences to prosecute. And let me be very clear, I am not excusing such racist comments in any way - I find them abhorrent. I just think it's dangerous to treat anti-Semitism differently to the hatred of Muslims or black people, especially when it is used to shield Israel from any criticism.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 18:01

Isn't it just as easy to ignore tweets ?

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 18:02

And the thread has devolved into the usual hate crap, and being apologetic to hate because you dislike a country