In France, Twitter grudgingly yields to pressure and will identify users accused of hate speech

Somini Sengupta in the NYT reports on Twitter's agreement this week, after months of legal battling, to ID several users who posted anti-Semitic comments on its service, whom French authorities want to prosecute for violating hate speech laws.
The case has important implications for Twitter users worldwide, as governments increasingly try to extract user information from the service. Legal experts say Twitter could have insisted that the French authorities seek to extract the user data by filing a claim in the United States, where the company is based.

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  1. And this is why we have the first amendment.

  2. Don't get started with "Europe doesn't have free speech". We have free speech, but we have a different definition - one that excludes hate speech. Free speech has it limits in the US too: ref. obscenity.

    and free speech and guns is all whats left of civil rights and liberties in the US. France in contrast to the US has no secret courts/laws, no extrajudicial killings, no torture or indefinite detention or those other liberties lost in the US after 9/11.

    BTW the first amendment didn't help a certain texan teenager or the guy writing with chalk on a sidewalk.

  3. Hate speech is still speech.

    America's FREEDUMS have been slowly eroded in the last half century. Especially the Bill of rights.

    1st - OWS crackdowns, "terroristic threats",
    2nd - AWB, gun control
    3rd - maybe still intact
    4th - Has been raped unmercifully - NSA, PATRIOT act, TSA, DHS, stop and frisk, etc.
    5th - Tsarnaev
    and a lot more

  4. I take your point, but there have always been restrictions on free speech, even in the US, and with good reason.

    America believes in individual rights. Europe, too, believes in individual rights, but it also believes that societies have rights, and that these may sometimes conflict with individuals'.

  5. Pardon?
    France has the world's third largest Jewish population after Israel and the USA and if anti-Semitism has been on the rise it is far, far from being state condoned…
    After a peak in the mid 2000s Aliyah figures are stable and around a quarter of those that migrate to Israel come back to France.

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