Lawyer: Twitter Agrees to Pull Anti-Semitic Messages in France

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The social media website Twitter has agreed to remove anti-Semitic messages written in France, following the threat of legal action by a French Jewish group.

A lawyer for the Union of French Jewish Students said Friday the union will provide Twitter with a list of the posts, or “tweets,” it wants removed.

The union had threatened to seek an injunction against Twitter to make it remove the offensive tweets, arguing they were hate speech.

The anti-Semitic messages circulating this month in French have included slurs and photos evoking the Holocaust.

The move came a day after Twitter agreed to block offensive messages in Germany posted by a neo-Nazi group banned by police.

Earlier this year, Twitter announced it has the ability to censor posts on a country-by-country basis. A media rights group, Reporters Without Borders, said the new policy violates freedom of expression.