Paris court urges Twitter to reveal 'racist' users' identities to human rights groups

London, June 15 (ANI): Twitter has been urged to reveal the names of some France-based racist users who have posted anti-Semitic messages, following Paris Court's refusal to consider the firm's appeal not to hand over the user IDs.

Twitter had blocked the posts in France after the groups filed a 50 million dollar lawsuit in March following several instances of racist tweets and the high court's order in January that the data should be revealed to France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) and four other human rights groups only if requested but has failed to reveal any of the requested identities, the BBC reports.

The micro-blogging site's spokeswoman claimed that the firm is considering re-appeal against the decision and is disappointed that the court has decided not to hear their appeal, adding that the firm will consider their options of re-submitting the appeal.

Twitter not only failed to give enough evidence to the Paris court for withholding users' identities but could not set up an 'easily accessible and visible' way for people to notify the site's management team about content related to 'crimes against humanity and incitement to racial hatred'.

According to the report, the groups' demand to request for personal details of a particular Twitter user, needed to undergo a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT), which UEJF and the other groups did not want and instead urged Twitter to reveal the users' data directly to them.

The organisation argued that Twitter had not respected the time frame imposed by the court to give up the requested names or file an appeal within 15 days from the date of the first ruling.

UEJF's president Jonathan Hayoun said that Twitter should not be 'playing with the French legal system' and should ensure that 'its social network is not a lawless place.' (ANI)


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