Help to identify anti-semitic Tweets
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.