Twitter sued again by French group over anti-Semitic tweets

(JNS.orgTwitter is again facing legal action from a group of French-Jewish students, the Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), because the U.S. social networking giant has not responded to a January French court order to hand over the identities of users who tweeted anti-Semitic messages last October with the hashtag #unbonjuif.

Caption: A French court ruled in January that Twitter must reveal the identities of French users who posted anti-Semitic tweets under the hashtag #unbonjuif. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

UEJF filed a summons Wednesday asking for $50 million in damages, which if received will go to the Shoah Memorial fund. “Twitter is playing the indifference card in not respecting the decision of January 24,” said Jonathan Hayoun, president of France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), according to Yedioth Ahronoth. “In protecting the anonymity of the author of these tweets it is making itself an accomplice and offering a highway for racists and anti-Semites,” he added.

Twitter told AFP it plans to appeal the January 24 decision. “Unfortunately they are more interested in these grand gestures than in finding an adequate international procedure to obtain the requested information,” the company said in a statement.

For more on the France v. Twitter case, read: A Web of hate: European, U.S. laws clash on defining and policing online anti-Semitism.

Posted on March 22, 2013 .