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French court orders Twitter to release user data

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A French court has ruled that Twitter must hand over data to help identify the authors of racist and anti-Semitic tweets.

The ruling comes after France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) filed suit in October.

It said that some tweets had breached French law prohibiting incitement to racial hatred.

The AFP reports that the union had been pressing Twitter to exercise tighter control of what appeared on its site following a deluge of anti-Semitic messages posted under the hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodjew).

Twitter later removed some of the offending tweets.

The UEJF took legal action aimed at forcing Twitter to identify the authors of some of the posts.   It wants the users  prosecuted individually but it needs their names.

The judge also asked Twitter to implement a visible "flagging" system on its French platform so that people could report offending tweets.

 

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