Thursday, June 13, 2013

French Appeals Court Upholds Order Requiring Twitter To Disclose Names of Anti-Semitic Tweeters

According to CNet News and JTA, in France yesterday the Paris Court of Appeal upheld a lower court order requiring Twitter to turn over to the Union of Jewish French Students (UEJF) and four human rights groups that brought suit the names of individuals who last October posted Tweets using anti-Semitic hashtags. The hashtags were used in a kind of competition of anti-Semitic jokes. Twitter, which has already removed the Tweets, argued that as an American company, it should be protected by the First Amendment. The full text of Wednesday's opinion in Association L'Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (UEJF) v. Societe Twitter Inc., (Paris Ct. App., June 12, 2013) is available online in French.