Twitter Provides France with Data regarding Racist Posts

MaddiRuhl on Monday July 15, 2013 11:29:57 AM
Twitter Provides France with Data regarding Racist Posts

After a slew of Tweets which were anti-Semitic in nature, Twitter offered data to authorities in France which may help the nation track down the sources of the Tweets which carried French hashtags.

"We got Twitter to respect the laws of our country," stated Jonathan Heyoun, president of the Union of Jewish Students of France. The organization was originally suing Twitter for $50 million, but withdrew the suit after Twitter began to cooperate. The legal rationale behind the move was that in France, such online hate content is illegal. Therefore, the organization was suing Twitter for allowing a post which broke one of their national laws. The Tweets took place last year, and were targeted at both Jewish and Muslin groups. Twitter and the UEJF released a statement together stating that the lawsuit was withdrawn providing that Twitter provided "data that may enable the identification of certain users that the vice-prosecutor believes have violated French law" and that both groups would "actively continue contributing together to the fight against racism and anti-Semitism, in keeping with their respective domestic laws and regulations."

Twitter has been a globalizing network since its beginning, and has recently provided translated Twitter pages for prominent Egyptian accounts into English so users from many other countries can tune in. On Twitter's end, one of the ways the companies navigates situations such as the one which has arisen in France, is to comply with the laws of all of the locations in which it is present. Therefore, in France, Twitter must comply with French laws.

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