The French Jewish Students Union files a $50 million lawsuit against Twitter after the social media site refused to give up the names of users associated with the anti-Semitic hashtag #unbonjuif.
According to WebProNews, the French Jewish Students Union files a $50 million lawsuit against Twitter. The UEJF filed their pricey lawsuit against the social media site after Twitter did not give up the names associated with the anti-Semitic hashtag #unbonjuif.
The problems with Twitter and the French group began back in October of 2012, when the hashtag #unbonjuif started gaining momentum on the site. Unbonjuif, which translates to “a good jew,” began being associated with anti-Semitic views as some users would post the hashtag alongside photos of dust-filled dustpans and other anti-Semitic jokes.
French Jewish Students Union Files a $50 Million Lawsuit Against Twitter
As more and more French anti-racism groups pointed out the problem to Twitter, the site eventually complied with their demands of removing all offending tweets using that hashtag. However, the French Jewish Students Union files a $50 million lawsuit against Twitter takes the issue one step further.
UEJF was not satisfied with Twitter taking down the offending tweets and requested the site to provide the names of those who were associated with the hashtag in order to bring those responsible for the anti-Semitic tweets to court. Twitter initially refused to do this and the group filed a summons back in November to pursue the case.
As January rolled around, a French court approved the request of names and ordered that Twitter must supply the names of those responsible to comply with French law. Twitter said that they would review the decision.
However, after months of not complying with the order, the French Jewish Students Union files a $50 million lawsuit against Twitter. UEJF President Jonathan Hayoun told reporters,
“Twitter is playing the indifference card and does not respect the ruling. They have resolved to protect the anonymity of the authors of these tweets and have made themselves accomplices to racists and anti-Semites.”
While Twitter does reserve the right to disclose user information when requested by law, the social media site has always been an advocate for the privacy of its users.
French Jewish Students Union Files a $50 Million Lawsuit Against Twitter.