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Twitter under fire in anti-Semitism scandal

Nicola Hebden · 19 Oct 2012, 10:56

Published: 19 Oct 2012 10:56 GMT+02:00

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Spurred on by the company's decision to ban a neo-Nazi account in Germany on Thursday, the group has sought a legal order for the tweets and their writers to be blocked.

The Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) originally filed a complaint with Twitter against anti-Semitic tweets sent using the hashtag #UnBonJuif last Tuesday.

The hashtag started earlier this week, and was the third most tweeted topic by Wednesday.

One tweeter said “#AGoodJew is a dead Jew #YouTooRiskYouAccountBeingDeleted”, and several others posted photos of concentration camps beside the hashtag.

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The UEJF’s lawyer, Stéphane Lilti, has heavily criticized Twitter’s reaction to their complaints, and claims their demands were not listened to during a meeting with the Paris and San Francisco offices yesterday.

“There is a fire and we have to put it out. We want to put an end to this torrent of hatred, which could become all so real,” he said.

“Like all hosts, Twitter has to react promptly when someone tells them about racism on their site.

“Twitter has reacted as an American service provider: they’re obsessed with American law. But, for tweets in French, destined for French people, Twitter must follow French law.”

Nicola Hebden (news.france@thelocal.com)

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2012-10-22 02:18:46 by KHALIIL
"...their demands were not listened to..." 'Jew-ish' people can demand but Muslims seem to have no rights. "...We want to put an end to this torrent of hatred, which could become all so real,” When Muslims are insulted in the worst way, we are silent, we only ask that our Prophet (S.A.W.S.) is not attacked. "...Twitter has to react promptly when someone tells them about racism on their site." Racism? So the white ones are 'Jew-ish' & the darker shades from the Middle East & East Africa are real Jews? Just want to be clear on that. Ashkenazi people claiming to be Semitic is like an Arab Catholic claiming to be Irish. For those 'Jew-ish' people who would be quick to call me anit-Semitic, keep in mind;- As a Muslim, the prophets I know & love are Semitic, the language of my religion is Semitic, most Muslims have part or a full Semitic name & many of us have a full or partial Semitic culture. How about you?
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