Twitter has agreed to disclose details of users in France who posted anti-Semitic messages, French media reported.
According to a report Friday by the French news agency AFP, the California-based website has agreed to hand over to French authorities details about the users to end a legal fight which started last year, when several French anti-racist groups sued Twitter for allowing hate speech.
According to France’s BFM TV station, Twitter said in a statement that the disclosure would “put an end to litigation” against Twitter, led by the Union of Jewish Students in France, or UEJF.
Last month, the Paris Court of Appeals upheld a January 24 ruling that said Twitter must provide data on some users to the UEJF and four other organizations that filed a complaint against the company in November 2012.
The users were guilty of violating French hate speech laws and Twitter must release information about the offenders, the court ruled.
The complaint came after the hashtags #unbonjuif (“a good Jew”) and #unjuifmort (“a dead Jew”) became hugely popular because they were used in what Le Monde termed “a competition of anti-Semitic jokes.” Hashtags are labels used to index tweets on a particular topic.
Twitter argued in court that since it is an American company it adheres to U.S. laws and is protected by the First Amendment and its broad free speech liberties. But BDM TV quoted the firm as saying on Friday that its representatives have held meetings with UEJF to “actively pursue cooperation in order to combat racism and anti-Semitism in accordance with local legislation.”
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