Twitter sued for $50M over protecting identity of anti-Semitic tweets

Do you think your identity is private on Twitter? That’s up for debate. Last fall, Twitter was asked by the Union of Jewish French Students to remove anti-Semitic tweets that contained the hashtag #unbonjuif (“a good Jew”). The company complied, but UEJF doubled down, filing a lawsuit demanding that Twitter reveal the identities of everyone involved in the hate speech. The student group won the lawsuit in January, giving Twitter 15 days to comply or file an appeal.

Now CNET is reporting that, since Twitter has failed to release the identities of the users, the EUJF is suing the micro-blogging company for $50M. According to the group, Twitter is “playing the indifference card” and are therefore “accomplices to racists and anti-Semites.” Twitter is fighting back, however.

The company says that they have been following the rules and that the UEJF is at fault for an intentional delay in processing the decision. They also took a shot at the group, stating, “As yesterday's new filing shows, they are sadly more interested in grandstanding than taking the proper international legal path for this data.”

The question of anonymity is one that comes up frequently. Should everything we do on the Internet be tied back to us? Or should we have an expectation of privacy when communicating online?

Source: CNET

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Errr. Jews are not a race, so how can it be racist? Before you know it, you can be labelled a racist for mocking Christians or Scientology.

You should be free to mock ideologies as much as you like. denying people the right to do so is becoming a catastrophic erosion of free speech. This mentality of pandering to people who are offended is starting to become quite concerning.

Weissmeister said,
It IS a race. Judaism is a religion.

Is Christianity a race?

Science would probably disagree there since there are Caucasian, "Black" and even Asian Christians.

Generally race is purely based upon genetic characteristics.

I'm not sure most "Jews" fit that criteria to be honest.

Jewish folks for a long time like to think that ppl should tip toe around them and quick to pull the holocaust card. Twitter can't start handing over personal information because some organization asks for it.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
Jewish folks for a long time like to think that ppl should tip toe around them and quick to pull the holocaust card. Twitter can't start handing over personal information because some organization asks for it.

They didn't just "ask for it" though, it was by court order.

They are legally required to hand over the information.

However in this case (with the potential for reprisals) I would prefer to see the personal details handed over to the lawyers only, so they know who they can sue and have an avenue to do it but not let it get into the hands of people who may cause them harm.

French need more $$$ from non-EU corps but how?
then it just 'happens' that UEJF cause are quite fit for what french need.

I see this sort of behavior as being why we as a race can't just get along to many people holding onto grudges for far to long hey people build a bridge and get over it it was 60 bleedin years ago big bloody woop just let it go and get on with living

LOL, the U.S is run by Zionists working under the Rothschild family. And no, not all Zionists are Jews before any of you call me anti-Semitic. It's a fact to which many of you are afraid to accept because your ego can't handle it. They make sure Jews are well protected because their blood is valued more than 'gentiles', even though the Jews themselves are disliked by these people behind the scenes. lolol kthnx.

I know the Neowin post doesn't make it very clear that the lawsuit is from France. But it should be pretty easy to realize that it is not from the U.S.

ffs. said,
LOL, the U.S is run by Zionists working under the Rothschild family. And no, not all Zionists are Jews before any of you call me anti-Semitic. It's a fact to which many of you are afraid to accept because your ego can't handle it. They make sure Jews are well protected because their blood is valued more than 'gentiles', even though the Jews themselves are disliked by these people behind the scenes. lolol kthnx.

i see you have your own little monologue there

I wonder, does Twitter actually have offices in France, and if so, are they getting much benefit from that?

If they don't, then what's the news here? Twitter could just chuckle at the fuss the French court is making and go about their business.

Anonymity has nothing to do with it. What if they have nothing to hide ? did they ever stop to wonder why people don't like jews and have the freedom to express as such. The 'poor me persecuted jew' idea is invalid.

You can't prosecute a platform for allowing people freedom of expression to share views.

See UNDHR articles 18-20. This also compels twitter to not hand over information which could be used to prosecute people in a civil action just because Europe has dated laws regarding such "anti semite" stuff.

I'm gonna have to disagree with you, pretty majorly on your first point.

People don't like Jews because for 1,940 of the past 2,010 years (give or take) they didn't have a home. It's like the Hispanics in Arizona, they were tolerated or persecuted, but never home. The "poor me persecuted jew" was pretty valid for around 1,940 years, and whether you agree or not, I could make the argument that they're still fighting for a homeland.

And to then say "x idea is invalid because of point y" is as relevant as saying all [insert minority group here] are murderers because I saw one kill someone.

And no, I'm not saying that the Israeli's are justified in 1/2 the stuff they do to Palestinians, I'm not really saying much at all (although for the record I disagree with a whole heck of a lot of it), except that your stance is very short-sighted.

greenwizard88 said,
I'm gonna have to disagree with you, pretty majorly on your first point.

People don't like Jews because for 1,940 of the past 2,010 years (give or take) they didn't have a home. It's like the Hispanics in Arizona, they were tolerated or persecuted, but never home. The "poor me persecuted jew" was pretty valid for around 1,940 years, and whether you agree or not, I could make the argument that they're still fighting for a homeland.

And to then say "x idea is invalid because of point y" is as relevant as saying all [insert minority group here] are murderers because I saw one kill someone.

And no, I'm not saying that the Israeli's are justified in 1/2 the stuff they do to Palestinians, I'm not really saying much at all (although for the record I disagree with a whole heck of a lot of it), except that your stance is very short-sighted.


So that gives them a special status or something? I'm against any form of racism, positive or negative. And I'm getting tired of those jews always claiming up so much positive racism/discrimination.. because "Blablabla"... Get over it, life sucks. Not just for jews.
They have their country now, just evicted the people who lived there and continue to terrorize them is fine. But whenever something is against a jew... ITS UNTOLERABLE...

You know that Arizona is a Hispanic name right? It use to be part of Mexico and also there are descendants still living there from original Mexicans that use to live there right?

Whites, Blacks, Asians, Indians, Muslims, any race are also entitled to file lawsuits for racism and get the same treatment as Jews who file lawsuit would. Any group can say "Blablabla" it is nothing to do with being Jewish they have special right to do this.

Also they didn't kick anyone out of their homeland, Israel has always been the homeland of the Jewish people and they were just coming back home. How could it not be if Jews were living there before Islam was even a concept. There are plenty of Muslims living in Israel proper and they haven't gone anywhere.