Twitter Must Reveal Measures on Online Hate, French Court Rules


A Paris court ruled on Thursday that Twitter must disclose its measures to fight hate speech, one of several cases to explore whether the French justice system has jurisdiction over the US social media giant.

Ireland based Twitter The international appealed against a July decision that ordered it to share documents and details about its French moderation team and data on their activities against hate speech.

That case was brought up by several anti-discrimination groups in what they said was the company’s failure to properly moderate the posts over a long period of time.

The appeals court confirmed the earlier ruling on Thursday and ordered Twitter to pay 1,500 euros (about Rs 1.2 lakh) to groups, including SOS Racism, SOS Homophobia and the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Lycra). .

In another Paris case, three victims of terrorist attacks who have faced online harassment are suing Twitter France.

They argue that it was the company’s fault that their cases against their harassers failed, as it did not provide the identifying information that investigators had sought.

In that case, Twitter France chief Damien Weil told a court last week that “I am in charge of Twitter’s business development and nothing more”.

His lawyer, Karim Bellouni, said that providing the data to the authorities “was up to the good will of Twitter International, which is outside French jurisdiction and can decide whether to cooperate.”

In yet another case at Versailles, outside Paris, Twitter France said it was unable to comply with a police request for information about those who sent insults and threats to a public official.

The local office says it does not store any information, with all data operated by the group’s European mothership based in Ireland.

But prosecutors have personally sought fines of up to 75,000 euros (about Rs 63 lakh) against both Twitter France and manager VL.