French Court: Twitter Must Unveil Anti-Semitic Tweeters

Free speech isn't a French thing


Twitter has been ordered by a French appeals court to produce the names of the people behind any anti-Semitic tweets, according to Le Monde.

On Wednesday, the Paris Court of Appeal struck down an appeal by Twitter in which the site argued that it shouldn't be required to take action against tweets unless they're illegal in the country where the tweet was reported. Twitter had launched its appeal after a French court ruled in January that it must hand over the names of those who post anti-Semitic tweets.

The case stemmed from several tweets posted last October that contained anti-Semitic words and hashtags. Just two of the the objectionable hashtages were "#UnBonJuif est un juif mort," translated as "A good Jew is a dead Jew;" and "est cuit thermostat 6," which suggests that Jews should be cooked at high temperatures.