Twitter Blocks Controversial Content

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The threatening of a lawsuit in France has resulted in Twitter putting a stop to a number of Tweets considered anti-semitic.

The messages contained a hashtag reading “#unbonjuif,” translated in English to mean “#agoodjew.” Such content faced the scrutiny of the French Union of Jewish Students who had been considering litigation in court.

The action arrived one day after the social network had moved to block a Twitter account belonging to a neo-Nazi organization under a policy known as “country-withheld content.”

“If you have encountered a Tweet or an account that has been marked as withheld, you may be wondering what that means and why that may have happened. With hundreds of millions of Tweets posted every day around the world, our goal is to respect our users’ expression, while also taking into consideration applicable local laws,” says Twitter regarding the policy via its Help Center.

A report from the Washington Post, meanwhile, noted that Twitter was “running up against European anti-discrimination laws.” However, such a measure by the company could be considered troubling by free speech activists.

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