French Court Orders Twitter To Reveal anti-Semitic Users

  • January 25, 2013

Several French groups demanded in a recent lawsuit that Twitter identify anonymous anti-Semitic and racist users posting anti-Jewish messages, which they say breaks French law, which prohibits Holocaust denial and hate speech, reports Mashable. A French judge agreed and ordered the company to reveal the users, but Twitter is hesitant to comply, says The New York Times.

Twitter is currently reviewing the judge's decision, a Twitter spokesperson told Mashable. The company's official policy is not to reveal anonymous users unless there's a court order from an American court. The case speaks to a much larger issue in international technology law: When a platform such as Twitter is based in one country but users break a law in another, which country gets jurisdiction over the case?

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