Twitter has agreed to hand over the details of people who post racist and anti-Semitic abuse anonymously on the micro-blogging site, it emerged today.

Following a long legal battle, the US-based company said it would cooperate with authorities in France who want to bring alleged criminals to justice.

The breakthrough is a significant test case for the millions who use social media to express hatred and anger without revealing their identities.

Prosecutors in Paris argued that Twitter had a duty to expose wrong-doers, despite its insistence that people had a right to anonymity.

In October 2012, Jewish student bodies asked Twitter to remove a number of messages which appeared under the hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodjew), with some users posting examples such as: ‘#agoodjew is a dead Jew.’

France has a number of strict laws aimed at combating hate crimes.

The Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) and three other similar groups took Twitter to court asking them to hand over the names of all those responsible so they can be prosecuted.

‘Because it does not take the necessary measures to identify where the tweets come from, Twitter is offering a platform to racism and anti-Semitism,’ said Jonathan Hayoun, the UEJF president.

Stephane Lilti, counsel for the Jewish complainants, suggested Twitter had a ‘commercial interest’ in protecting the anonymity of its users.

‘Twitter is playing a commercial game by raising a number of legal hurdles to not having to comply with its legal obligations,’ he told the court.

But Twitter lawyer Alexandre Neri originally argued that the company was only subject to US law and only a judge in America could force it to release the information.

Mr Neri told the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris that Twitter ‘data is collected and stored in the United States’–namely in San Francisco, where the site is based.

‘Should I submit myself to the law of a different country to where I work?’ he asked.

He added that the differences between French and US laws on freedom of speech have created a ‘huge void, a question mark’.

But AFP, France’s national news agency, today confirmed that Twitter had agreed to cooperate with the judgement, and would hand over the coordinates of those responsible for the tweets.

A Twitter spokesman said: ‘Further to discussions between the parties and in response to a valid legal request, Twitter has provided the prosecutor of Paris, Presse et Libertés Publiques section of the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance, with data that may enable the identification of certain users that the Vice-Prosecutor believes have violated French law.

‘This disclosure puts an end to the dispute between the parties, which have agreed to actively continue contributing together to the fight against racism and anti-Semitism, in keeping with their respective domestic laws and regulations, such as by taking measures to improve the accessibility of the reporting procedure of illegal tweets.’

Last year Twitter shut down an account run by a German neo-Nazi group based in Hanover, following a request by German police. Facebook and YouTube complied with similar requests.

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  • Spartacus

    “Last year Twitter shut down an account run by a German neo-Nazi group
    based in Hanover, following a request by German police. Facebook and
    YouTube complied with similar requests.”

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    Hmm… What do the 3 companies all have in common ? Hint: It’s in the ownership.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Twitter are not the bad guys here: these p.c. European pols are.

      Twitter may actually have the best record of any company opposing censorship. However, in these cases the French and German gov’ts had the upper hand.

      • Spartacus

        It’s just a PR stunt. Twitter is an American company, they need only follow American Law, which gives them the right to NOT give the French and German govs. any info at all.

      • The__Bobster

        YouTube shuts down anything they consider right wing. I still get the pink box of death whenever I go to their site. The only way to get it removed is to grovel. This I refuse to do.

        • MawellAxel

          the way to deal with this is to just create a new yahoo mail, account and then create a new google identity and then create a new youtube identity

        • I don’t know about their censorship you mention. I found the IRA song “Come Out And Fight” on YouTube with no difficulty. Give it a listen.

    • Facebook is an openly traded stock since their February 1, 2012 IPO. The ownership at this point is probably a bunch of pension funds.

  • Never use your real name when you sign up for Twitter.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Never sign up for Twitter.

      • The__Bobster

        The first thing that Twitter does when you sign up is engage in contact scraping of everyone in your address book. When I saw that happening, I aborted the installation program.

      • Romulus

        Exactly. No one needs up to the second accounts of my goings on in my life.

  • This old trick? How long before a bunch of racist right wingers come up with yet another social media site?

  • Sick of it

    If Twitter bows to foreign governments, does that mean that those same governments can use the information provided to prosecute Americans under their draconian hate speech laws?

    • Romulus

      This is why the push to stack the courts(all of them) with the left. Pour in foreigners, crush the constitution ,destroy Americas sovereignty by treaties and make us all subjects to the world court. That is precisely the goal of the new educational (brainwashing) system, common core. Train our youth to deny nationalism.

      • Sick of it

        We already have Supreme Court justices who look to international law when they should be focused on the Constitution.

        • WR_the_realist

          And don’t forget we have a Bush appointed Supreme Court judge who decided that Obamacare is constitutional because it is a tax. So by his reasoning congress can pass a law that says you must walk naked down the street every Friday afternoon, subject to a $1,000,000 penalty, collected by the IRS, if you fail to do so. Such a law would be entirely constitutional by the reasoning of justice Roberts.

          • Sick of it

            Yeah, I didn’t buy the argument that it’s acceptable as a tax. We have taxes in this country which violate our rights as it is.

    • me

      Well, the ‘tribe’ is at it again….pushing their NEW WORLD ORDER on everyone. Every White European country, including the United States, is being destroyed by these cowards–who won’t come out and fight or state their purpose, but use the courts, money, and propaganda to destroy Whites. Welcome to Big Brother, who just so happens to wear a star of David.

  • Fredrik_H

    That’s not good at all. A lot of european nationalist/pro-white/alternative right web-sites have their servers in the US. Servers that would’ve been shut down in Europe for “hate speech” or other drummed up charges.

    • guest

      Think the same isn’t going to happen here? They are doing it incrementally. Isn’t this what communists and terrorists do?

  • French city Paris bullies company in United States of America into handing over data regarding the French citizens who use the company’s service. White House silent.

    Why do I think the city of Paris won’t be requesting the coordinates of muzzies and africans?

    • Sick of it

      They know where to find them – In No-Go Zones.

  • sbuffalonative

    When one topic is made off limits, it only encourages others to make similar demands.

    Free speech does not come with an asterisk.

    If your only weapon is to silence people, you have no valid argument.

  • bigone4u

    The struggle for the right to criticize ethnic groups that deserve criticism is going to take a long time. Most of those arrested and tried will be whites criticizing Jews and Muslims. A case can be made that these groups deserve criticism and their white critics should be free of legal interfernce. Expressing one’s thoughts without fear of the midnight knock on the door ought to be basic human right.

  • anarchyst

    It’s no different than the “laws” passed that criminalize any deviation from official “tribe” sponsored “holocaust” orthodoxy . . .
    The chickens have indeed “come home to roost”
    “What goes around, comes around” . . .

  • The__Bobster

    In October 2012, Jewish student bodies asked Twitter to remove a number of messages which appeared under the hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodjew), with some users posting examples such as: ‘#agoodjew is a dead Jew.’

    The Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) and three other similar groups took Twitter to court asking them to hand over the names of all those responsible so they can be prosecuted.

    The Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) and three other similar groups took Twitter to court asking them to hand over the names of all those responsible so they can be prosecuted.
    __________

    Hmmm, funny how all the squealing seems to be emanating from the same source. The French really need to learn how to ignore all their whining.

    • Xerxes22

      Obviously, the real reason they want the names of these people is not just for prosecution in a court. It is for harassment. They want to know where these people work so that they can get them fired. Where they go to school so they can get them expelled. Where the live so they can threaten them, vandalize their property, picket thei homes even physically attack them. These types of groups already use some of these tactics over here.

      • Wethepeople

        #juif attacking people? That would be delightful, but they don’t have to. They contort and connive and use the low iq darklings for the dirty work like that.

    • Sick of it

      They can’t be ignored, having been in the French government since 1789.

      • Romulus

        Yet ,so many still can’t see a difference between a gaul Roman word for Celt) and a frank. ( like Barney and Anne, Bethany fr___kel)

  • What if we just hate the French and advocate blacks raping their women? Is that OK? Wait, blacks already are raping their women. What if if we think blacks raping Jewish women is good? What if I said “Rape those Jewish women” the way they exhort the groids to rape our women?

    I’ve finally had enough.

    • Sick of it

      A lot of blacks think Jewish women are white. Apparently some of them mistake mestizos for being white as well.

  • dd121

    Anybody who has a Twitter or Facebook account has got to have rocks in their head. Even if they don’t intend to, much personal information is revealed that could be used against you by an enlightened government such as ours to eventually root out, everyone they perceive to be a hater.

    • My facebook account says I am a vegetable gardener and shows a recent picture of me sans mustache. I only created it because one of my undergrad friends died of cancer without my knowing he was even sick.

      • MawellAxel

        Yes, facebook exists to keep one in touch with people who one really doesn’t want to keep in touch with anymore, because if one did ,one would. Facebook makes it easier but then the problem is that one has so many notifications on things that one just could care less about that one just never goes to one’s facebook page. So, one has to pretend, every now and then, to care by spending time on this nonsense.So facebook becomes one more obligation, who needs that?

        • For my facebook account, I created a new Yahoo account, so all the spam goes there. Ce’st magnifique, non?

          • Sick of it

            Nice, I used an old email address so the spam doesn’t bother me either.

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    To quote a harpy “what difference, at this point, does it make?”. Our “president” bows to pretty much anyone who isn’t a u.s. citizen, so why shouldn’t u.s. companies bow to the demands of foreign powers? Our “president” and the entire administration, the house and senate, and “scotus” pay no attention to the Constitution. Many large corporations no longer do, either (microsoft, yahoo, google, facebook, et al).

    And yes, the lack of capitalization is on purpose. I no longer consider any of those things, and they are all things, proper anything.

  • Romulus

    Lets see if mr e. Has anything to say. The push for one world govt, controlled by the you know who’s should be quite obvious from this story. Over and over and over again,they are always the victims. No one can be critical, disparaging, or have even a negative thought, else they be prosecuted. How can this be? According to the last census, there is supposedly only 13 million in the whole world. How is it that they control2/3 rds of the planets wealth and still claim to be victims? Why is it only “hate” when they get to define the context? These are legitimate questions and other ethnic groups should be allowed to ask them. That particular comment in the above story was uncalled for,but having freedom of speech in america should not be subject to foreign law. All fair criticisms of any and all groups should be permitted and not just who the tribe says.

    • Sick of it

      The NWO is more than just them, but they are an integral part. And yes…their hypocrisy and lies know no bounds.

  • Sick of it

    In contrast, during the last month I’ve caught 3 progressive types advocating white genocide.

  • MBlanc46

    Typical corporate cowardice (or whorishness).

  • It’s something-wing. Perhaps it is the “We hate the English” wing. I’m polite to the English here and everywhere, but I loathe them.

    • Iron Helm

      Care to say why?

      • The notion that because most Irish are Catholics and are thus inferior sticks in my craw. I’ve been given plenty of reason to hate Catholics, as almost everyone who abused my trust was Catholic. My mother was Methodist and my ex-father Catholic. What the English have done in Ulster is morally wrong. They are an alien people, and rather than assimilating, they hold parades on the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. In Catholic neighborhoods. These are not people who want peace. They want to rub the faces of the Irish in their own defeat, and that’s what keeps things going.

        • Romulus

          Before I comment, let me start by saying that I’m a protestant. I think that the intraracial warfare between the Irish,the Scots, and the English over a “united kingdom” and which version of a dead Jewish guys philosophy to adhere to , is one of the greatest stupidities in the history of Europeans. Feel free to comment!

          • Perhaps one of the greatest stupidities, but Europeans have done some amazingly self-destructive things: the World Wars being fine examples.

          • David Ashton

            The Anglo-German wars were indeed self-destructive for Europe and for Britain especially. The conflict in northern Ireland is a miniature version of “inter-ethnic” conflict between whites. The English establishment, especially under Cromwell, has indeed a regrettable record in Ireland.

            But many mainland politicians condemned, for example, the Black and Tan atrocities, though I worked with a Catholic Irish teacher whose elder brother had been a Loyalist and sliced up like bacon by the IRA, while my local MP in Chingford barely survived an IRA mass-murder attempt which left his wife paralysed for “life” – all good fun for anyone with a killer streak who “loathe” all the English no doubt. The “Ulster Protestants” are largely of Scottish origin, and in recent years English politicians have secured some sort of settlement in the Northern Ireland Assembly. We mainland English feel more affection for the “southern” Irish settled among us than for the uptight Orangemen, who all look as if they went to the same tailor, barber and optician. But then there are psychopaths who just “hate the English”.

            No-one can help how they are born, but they can help what they do.

          • Romulus

            I agree completely. To understand why the indigenous barbarians we’re never united by culture, language or beliefs, you would have to study pre Roman Europe. ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE FERTILE CRESCENT AND THOSE THAT MIGRATED FROM THE NILE DELTA IN 1444 bce

        • Iron Helm

          The English didn’t think the Irish were inferior because they were Catholic, but because of their culture. Until the Irish became useful for the French and Spanish, that was a matter of consensus across Europe.

          Makes me wonder whether you are the type of American who would call the Ultonians Scots if someone were pointing out their strengths. The English-Scots did assimilate, in fact they defined Ireland for a long time and shaped its image around the globe and its culture today. It would make more sense to say that the Catholic Irish should assimilate to them.

          For Ultonians the parades are defiant acts against Celtic Nationalism that rejected them in the 1920s. One could equally say that you are hoping for a fight by using your real name here on AmRen, but that would be nonsense too. Things are kept going by the Catholic Irish claims to suzerainty over Ulster, nothing else.