Twitter must identify racist, anti-Semitic posters, French court says
A French judge has ordered Twitter to turn over the identities of users who post hate speech or face a fine.
January 25th, 2013
04:29 AM ET

Twitter must identify racist, anti-Semitic posters, French court says

By Cyrus Farivar, ArsTechnica

(CNN) - For months now, the French-language twittersphere has lit up with a rash of racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic tweets using the hashtags #UnBonJuif (a good Jew), #SiMonFilsEstGay (if my son is gay), and #SiMaFilleRamèneUnNoir (if my daughter brings home a black guy).

Last fall, under pressure from French advocacy group Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), Twitter agreed to remove some offensive tweets. In October 2012, at Berlin's request, Twitter also suspended a German neo-Nazi account based in the city of Hanover, the first time the company had responded to such a government request.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: France • Technology

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Doobs


    February 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
  2. Who Invited Me?

























    January 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Jen

      + = 12654

      February 5, 2013 at 6:11 am |
  3. Don't Believe in Bigfoot? Explain Patrick Ewing

    Whiney oven dodgers always get their way. These "people" are very good at hoarding money and complaining. These stereotypes did not just pop up out of thin air. Try catering a bar mitzvah.

    January 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Edith

      Oooooh Archie.

      January 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
  4. GodsPeople

    Actually, Twitter doesn't have to do any such thing. They aren't based in France, so they are not subject to French law. The same French law that basically makes slaves out of it's true peoples so that they can pay all the taxes needed to support the constant welfare needs of the Muslim and African invader.... excuse me, immigrants in France who always refuse to work, follow laws, or do anything else we actually do in a civilized society.

    January 27, 2013 at 3:37 am |
  5. For all the extrimists

    It's not that you are totaly incorrect about whatever "group" you don't like. Yes, they are horrible. But so are you, so am I and so is everyone else on the planet. Your focus is too narrow.

    January 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
  6. Big Shiz

    Extremists are all the same,it dosnt matter if your atheist or believe in religion. If you think your way is the only way and everyone else is wrong, your preaching ignorance. Sadly that's a lot of yall on this blog.

    January 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Sandy

      Sometimes I get paranoid and think that hate speech exists JUST so that its targets will get so fed up they will agree to government regulation of words. Sometimes I think those extremist groups just thrive on negative attention.

      January 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
  7. Pete

    "To me, that is not commitment, but the partners constantly looking for someone better and unable to find it."

    I am so sick of people like this. Dude the people with the highest divorce rate in this country are Christians – adultery! That means they too are looking for other people better and aren't able to find it. What a hypocrite.

    January 26, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • Pete

      Wow, not sure why this posted here?

      January 26, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • Sandy

      Well it's not anti-semitism, Pete but it will suffice as an example of "anti-religous group" ranting.

      January 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  8. Chadism

    Jews are not allowed frogs.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
  9. Stupidity

    Race is a factor beyond a persons control.
    Religion is a factor subject to change in many variables within one life time.
    Hating a human being based on either requires a suspension of critical thought and lacks focus on individuality.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • TANK!!!!

      One cannot change their race.
      One can choose to shed their own ignorance and previously-held delusions like religion. People who choose not to deserve all the verbal abuse that can be heaped on them.

      January 25, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • Stupidity

      What you are selling is the idea that no one may opine lest their opinions meet with your approval. If not you will then do your respective duty and say "dirty words" or stamp your feet accordingly..a typical action when attempting to control what is not yours to control.

      January 26, 2013 at 9:31 am |
  10. Sam Yaza

    don't get me wrong i'm not a racist or anti Semite (all-thought people say otherwise because i'm pro Palestinian) they are still violating free speech.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
  11. Banjo Ferret

    Bah, the only religious activity on Twitter should be the rampant sharing of the Tweet According to Tim the Destroyer of Worlds. Ferretianism is the one true religion. Repent! (banjoferret d c)

    January 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
  12. Rational Libertarian

    Hate speech must be protected.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • Bob

      as long as you identify yourself

      January 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Unless you're inciting violence against specific individuals, I don't see why it must not be anonymous.

      January 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Akira

      Yes, even hate speech must be protected, as unpalatable as it may be.

      January 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  13. Tony

    Identifying racists is a good idea. I like to see the real face of Pakistani blogger Hindu-bot. I bet he would make the hunchback of Notre Dame look pretty.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  14. truth be told

    Another lie from a so called atheist there is no such thing as an x-tian. Thanks for showing how useless you are.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • Mirosal

      No such thing as a Christian? Wel, that's what they like to call themselves. Guess we'll need a new name for those 2 billion people. How about if they just call themselves deluded misguided slaves to mythology? That sounds more accurate anyway.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:01 am |
    • truth be told

      X-tian is a totally different worn from Christian. Not too gifted are you? Atheists are liars, note I did not say "x-iests are liars" to have done that would have been as false and useless as your comment. Consider how much better this world would be without you and how good it will become when you are gone. Think real hard, is there something YOU could do today to really improve this world.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:17 am |
    • Mirosal

      Sure. There is something very productive I could do to improve the world. I could call some Navy friends, reactivate a battleship, and lob a 16-inch shell from 23 miles away to take you out. That would greatly improve the value of the planet. Oh, and "x-tian" IS a generally accepted abbreviation for the word "christian". I was 'sentenced' to 12 years of religious school, and "x-tian" was used by the students AND staff.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:24 am |
    • Pete

      "Atheists are liars"

      More lies from the xtians – 141!

      January 25, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray without ceasing in 2013
    Prayer changes things

    January 25, 2013 at 7:40 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      January 25, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  16. End Religion

    should we regulate niceness?

    January 25, 2013 at 6:12 am |
    • truth be told

      No atheist would ever qualify. All atheists are liars and predestined to be useless in this world and the next. The hateful murderous atheist bears the personality of Cain.

      January 25, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • midwest rail

      Morning, cap'n !

      January 25, 2013 at 7:43 am |
    • truth be told

      Proof of an atheist as a liar comes early this am. Thanks.

      January 25, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • Mirosal

      TBT, and you're the ultimate x-tian, aren't you?

      January 25, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • midwest rail

      You're welcome, cap'n !

      January 25, 2013 at 7:54 am |
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