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Twitter agrees to reveal identities of those posting anti-Jewish comments

By Mason White 2:13 PM July 12, 2013
 

By: Sarah Weiss
In a reversal of policy, Twitter announced that it will hand over identities of those posting anti-Jewish comments on their social media website.

After a long legal battle, the company said that it will cooperate with the authorities in France, who want to bring anti-Jewish suspects to justice.

The agreement is a blow to the millions of people using social media to express hate and anger without revealing their identity.
The Paris prosecutor argued that Twitter has a duty to expose wrongdoers, despite its insistence that people have a right to anonymity.

Late last year, the Jewish student associations asked Twitter to remove a series of messages that appeared under the hashtag #unbonjuif, or #agoodjew, with some users posting examples like: #agoodjew is a dead Jew.
France has a strict set of laws designed to combat hate crimes.

The Union of Jewish Students of France, or UEJF, and three other similar groups took Twitter to court asking it to reveal the names of those responsible so they can be prosecuted.

“By not revealing their identities, Twitter is offering a platform for racism and anti-Semitism,” Jonathan Hayoun, the President UEJF, said.

On Thursday, Twitter lost its legal battle in France permanently, when the Paris Court of Appeals rejected its appeal against a lower court ruling that ordered Twitter to hand over the identities.