The Court of Appeals upholding of the lower court ruling means that Twitter must now divulge details of the members who originated said comments.
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The ruling gives Twitter 15 days to comply, with a daily penalty of $1300 to be added for every day beyond that. Online magazinePC INpact estimated that the judge's decision could cost Twitter up to $200,000 in penalties.
“This ruling is another step toward making Twitter answerable for its ongoing refusal to comply with France’s laws on hate speech,” Jonathan Hayoun, president of the Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) told JTA. “Unfortunately, there has been no progress or cooperation by Twitter so far.”
The UEJF had first condemned Twitter after two vulgar and anti-Semitic hashtags were becoming widely popular in France: #unbonjuif (“a good Jew”) and #unjuifmort (“a dead Jew”).
Twitter had appealed the first ruling in January, arguing in court that as an American company it only requires adhering to American laws and is protected by freedom of speech. However, the French judge confirmed that comments by French users online are subject to France's strict laws on racism and discrimination.
UEJF has requested that Twitter pay $50 million as compensation to organizations fighting racism in France.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life