Help to iden­tify anti-semitic Tweets

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

PARIS: Twit­ter said yes­ter­day it had given data to au­thor­i­ties to help iden­tify the au­thors of an­tiSemitic Tweets, fol­low­ing a com­plaint from a Jewish stu­dents’ group.

In Jan­uary a French court or­dered the com­pany to pro­vide the data af­ter le­gal ac­tion by France’s Union of Jewish Stu­dents (UEJF). Twit­ter had given in­for­ma­tion to ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties “en­abling the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of some au­thors” of anti-Semitic Tweets.

The move “puts an end to the dis­pute” with the UEJF, and the two par­ties had “agreed to con­tinue to work ac­tively to­gether in or­der to fight racism and an­ti­Semitism”.

It said the two sides would also co- op­er­ate on “mea­sures to im­prove the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the pro­ce­dure for no­ti­fi­ca­tions of il­licit Tweets”.

The UEJF launched a civil suit against Twit­ter in March claim­ing € 38.5 mil­lion ( about R497m) in dam­ages over the global net­work­ing site’s fail­ure to re­spond to the French court or­der. The group said it would hand over dam­ages won in court to the Shoah Me­mo­rial fund.

The union has been press­ing Twit­ter to ex­er­cise tighter con­trol fol­low­ing a del­uge of an­tiSemitic mes­sages last year posted un­der the hash­tag #un­bon­juif (#agood­jew).

Twit­ter later re­moved some of the of­fend­ing Tweets.

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