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Twitter hands over data in French anti-Semitism case

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Twitter stated Friday it had surpassed over data to French authorities to assist determine the authors of anti-Semitic tweets, following a grievance from a Jewish students’ crew. In January, a French court docket ordered the corporate to supply the information after felony action via France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF).

Twitter stated in a commentary that it had given data to judicial authorities “enabling the identification of some authors” of anti-Semitic tweets. It stated the transfer “places an end to the dispute” with the UEJF and that the two events had “agreed to continue to work actively collectively to fight racism and anti-Semitism.

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It mentioned the 2 aspects that would additionally cooperate on “measures to toughen the accessibility of the process for notifications of illicit tweets. The UEJF launched a civil suit against Twitter in March, claiming 38.5 million Euros ($50 million) in damages over the global networking website’s failure to respond to the French court docket order. The workforce mentioned it might quit any damages won in court docket to the Shoah Memorial Fund.

The union has been pressing Twitter to exercise tighter control following a deluge of anti-Semitic messages closing 12 months posted under the hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodjew). Twitter later removed one of the vital offending tweets. President Francois Hollande had often known on Twitter to comply with the courtroom order.

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The dispute has been viewed as a check case pitting the correct free expression on the net against regulations banning hate speech. In October, Twitter suspended the account of a neo-Nazi crew in Germany following a request from the federal government in Berlin. That was the first time the USA USA firm had applied coverage referred to as “usa-withheld content,” which lets it block an account on the request of state authorities.