Twitter Taken to Court by French Jewish Group

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Social network Twitter is being taken to court by the Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (UEJF), a Jewish student union based in France. Stephane Lilti, the group’s lawyer, said that they are hoping to get the site to reveal information about people who posted anti-Semitic messages.

Lilti announced that a hearing is scheduled for January 8 of the coming year, and adds that the UEJF is clamoring for the implementation of French laws regarding illicit content. In October, the group compelled Twitter to take down tweets that are highly offensive to Jews.

Twitter is taken to court to resolve dealing with anti-semitic tweets. (Image: MDGovpics (CC) via Flickr)

Lilti announced that a hearing is scheduled for January 8 of the coming year, and adds that the UEJF is clamoring for the implementation of French laws regarding illicit content. In October, the group compelled Twitter to take down tweets that are highly offensive to Jews.

Among these are messages such as “#agoodjew is a dead Jew,” which was posted through the hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodjew). Afterwards, even more hate messages were posted under another hashtag, #unjuifmort, which means “a dead Jew.”

Unfortunately, the lawyer who represents Twitter was not available for comment. Regarding the October incident, however, a spokesman from the social network did not comment directly on the offensive tweets. Instead, he reiterated that Twitter does not mediate content – a standard response by the company. He added that when someone alerts them to content that may be violating their terms of service; they look into each case and deal with it according to policies.

In other words, it can be gleaned that the network does not delete tweets; however, accounts posting content that are violating their terms, or are found to be illegal, are suspended. Moreover, Twitter has stated that they would not reveal information about their account holders, except in cases when a judge orders them to do so. These details hail from Agence France Presse or AFP, a news agency in France.