Twitter Fined 50 million over Racist Tweets

Twitter is going on the battlefield again and face the court in France for the offensive, racist tweets.

It was in October 2012, that a hashtag #UnBonJuif or “A good Jew” in English made a trending topic in France through the largest microblogging social network in the world. The UEJF or the Association of Jewish Students in France ignited the legal action against Twitter asking the court to force the site to hand them the details of those users who used the hashtag to legal actions will be filed against them. The court agreed with the UEJF and Twitter lost the case. The court then ordered Twitter to do so.

But there were no actions that came from Twitter and the UEJF is claiming that the site is not complying with the court order. According the Jonathan Hayoun, UEJF President, he said that Twitter did not comply with the ruling of January 24 and by not complying with this, it will show that Twitter and the users are accomplices and they give way to anti-Semitic people and racism.

The UEJF is now seeking 38.5 million Euros or 50 million US Dollars from Twitter as compensation for the damages. The money will be donated to the museum devoted to the Jewish history, the Shoah Memorial.

But Twitter is claiming that they were only notified about the official court order a few days ago. In a court in France, two weeks are given to appeal from the ruling after the stakeholder received the notification.


The microblogging site is now finally appealing with the rule, according the the news.

In a discussion with the UEJF, Twitter said “as their filing of a case today demonstrates, the association is unfortunately more interested in theatrical rhetoric than in finding the appropriate international processes to gain access to the requested data.”