French Students Win Twitter Anti-Semitism Legal Battle

A French court ordered Twitter on Thursday to disclose the identities of racist and anti-Semitic users to police, ruling it unacceptable to post hateful material anonymously.

The decision issued by a high court in Paris came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Union of French Jewish Students in October that successfully sought to order Twitter to remove a number of virulent hateful and anti-Semitic messages.

Jewish students filed the case last year, after an increase in the number of anti-Semitic tweets appearing across France. Messages appeared under the hashtag #unbonjuif, meaning #agoodjew, with vicious examples including, “#agoodjew is a dead Jew.”

The hashtag soon became the third most popular in France.


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