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Twitter ordered to reveal users personal data by French court in an effort to combat racism and antisemitism

Twitter given its orders by Paris court, or pay a daily fine until compliance is met

| Social Networking News | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:18 pm

The AP and Reuters are reporting that a Paris High Court has today ordered Twitter to reveal data that will help authorities identify authors of racist and anti-Semitic tweets.

 

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The ruling is the result of a summons filed against Twitter by the French Jewish Students Union which wished to trace users who had tweeted hate speeches and rhetoric last October. The Students Union is hoping to get the tweeters prosecuted on the grounds that racial hatred is a crime in France.

 

Twitter has been given 15 days to comply with the order, after which the social networking company will be fined a daily penalty of $1335 until compliance is met. No word has been released yet on when or if Twitter will comply with the court's ruling. Do you think Twitter should disclose user's information, or should it be kept private to preserve free speech? Let us know in the comments below.

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