The case began in October 2012, when #UnBonJuif (a good Jew) and# UnJuifMort (a dead Jew) became popular tags for posts on Twitter.Over 350,000 tweets were posted.In January, the French Court decision decreed that Twitter wasbound to hand over the names of the authors of the tweets. The UEJFdemanded that it release the names so that police action could betaken against the authors for ‘hate speech’. Twitter ignored the ruling, saying it was “currently reviewingthe court’s decision” at the time of issue. It was given 15days to either give up the names, or file an appeal. The ruling wasexactly two months ago on Sunday.It was said that Twitter would have to pay 1,000 euro(approximately US$1300) a day until it gave up the names. Given thetime elapsed, it has left itself open to fines of around 44,000euro (just over $57,000).Action on this decision was still pending when UEJF filed the new$50 million lawsuit with a Paris correctional tribunal earlier thisweek. The lawsuit claims damages because of Twitter’s refusal toprovide names.The French government said that the tweets were illegal as theycontravened laws prohibiting the publication of discriminatory orracist hate speech.Twitter argued that because it was based in the US, it wastherefore protected by the right to free speech enshrined in the USconstitution’s first amendment. Still, it did delete the offendingtweets.Some neo-Nazi posts in Germany have also been filtered, and Twittersuspended the account of a neo-Nazi group following a governmentrequest last October.“Twitter is playing the indifference card in not respecting thedecision of January 24,” Jonathan Hayoun, president of UEJFtold AFP on Wednesday.“In protecting the anonymity of the author of these tweets it ismaking itself an accomplice and offering a highway for racists andanti-Semites.”A Twitter spokesperson told CNET that the new filing showed thatthe UEJF were “sadly more interested in grandstanding thantaking the proper international legal path for this data.” Thespokesperson went on to say that they would have filed an appealsooner had it not been for the UEJF’s intentional delay inprocessing the court’s decision.The UEJEF has said it will donate any financial gains to the ShoahMemorial Fund, which focuses on preserving the memory of theHolocaust.
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