According to The Verge Twitter must disclose the identity of people who criticize Israel and Jews to Jewish rogue organizations which have established themselves in France.
This represents another blow to free speech and another win for Judaic suppression of free speech in favour for something which could be likened with the way things were in the blackest of Medieval times. Even in Hitler’s Germany over seventy years ago, one could criticize the leader. And even make jokes. But here — in the year of 2013 — one cannot tell the harsh reality, even jokingly, without serious repercussions — doing so will land you in jail or becoming a social outcast, a pariah. This is the reason for these actions; to merely scare people.
Personally, if you ask me, I think actions such as this might backlash and cause these Jewish rogues some real headache
Let’s hope so, right?
A French court this week ordered Twitter to disclose the names of users accused of posting racist and anti-Semitic tweets, rejecting an appeal that the company filed in March. In a decision handed down Wednesday, a Paris appeals court confirmed that Twitter must provide its user data to France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) and four other human rights organizations that filed a complaint against the company in November 2012.
The UEJF took action against Twitter last year after the hashtags #unbonjuif (“a good Jew”) et #unjuifmort (“a dead Jew”) began surfacing on the social media site. Twitter deleted some of the controversial tweets in response, but appealed a lower court order to disclose the identities of the users who wrote them.
On Wednesday, the appeals court determined that Twitter had not provided convincing justification for witholding the names, and ordered the company to comply with the lower court’s ruling.
“adhering to French law is not optional.”
“We have made important progress with Twitter since December,” government spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said in a statement Wednesday. “Anti-discrimination organizations can intervene to stop the avalanche of hate speech that regularly floods the internet, but the illegal messages posted on Twitter remain no less illegal, and adhering to French law is not optional.”
“Twitter must comply with legal orders to allow the identification, and therefore the conviction, of the authors of these hateful tweets,” Vallaud-Belkacem continued.
Twitter faced a similar controversy last year in Germany, when it decided to block a neo-Nazi account at the request of German authorities. Last January, the company announced that it would begin censoring content within specific countries, in response to requests from local authorities.
In a statement posted to the UEJF site Wednesday, organization president Jonathan Hayoun lauded the court’s decision, saying it’s clear that Twitter can no longer “play with French justice.”
Twitter may resubmit its appeal
“Our goal is to put a stop to the sense of impunity that racist and anti-Semitic authors feel on the internet,” Hayoun said. “And Twitter must cooperate when this is the case.”
In an e-mail statement to The Verge, a Twitter spokesperson said the company may choose to contest the decision at a later date.
“We are disappointed that the Court has decided not to hear our appeal,” the company said. “We are considering our options, including resubmitting the appeal.”