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October 19, 2012 11:36 am

Twitter Blocks Anti-Semitic Hashtag “#A Good Jew” in France

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Twitter has agreed to remove anti-semitic messages from its French website after a Jewish student union threatened legal action.

The JEJF Jewish students’ union had announced it would be filing a suit against the social media website after a barrage of tweets with the hashtag “#UnBonJuif“—which means “a good Jew” in English, had inundated the website. Examples of the offensive tweets include,”#UnBonJuif = a picture of a handful of ashes,” and “#UnBonJuif is a dead Jew.”

According to the AFP, the group’s lawyer, Stéphane Lilti, announced a “great victory” and said that the group would provide a list of tweets it wanted removed. He did, however, leave open the possibility of a suit against the social media site to force it to surrender the details of offending tweeters.

This comes a day after both social media giants Facebook and Twitter announced they would be taking significant action against threatening and offensive content on their respective sites. Facebook moved to shutdown a webpage belonging to Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, after a campaign to pressure them to do so by the Middle East Media Research Institute.   Also on Thursday Twitter blocked the account of neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover (Better Hanover) on the request of German police. This was the first time the social media website had applied a policy known as “country-withheld content,” which allows it to block an account at the request of state authorities.

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  • You mean anti-hamitic. And why not the jews are murdering c*nts. They don’t even remember the holohoax

  • William Moskowitz

    The issue is not the hashtag. Other hashtags with similar connotations will be used. The issue is the apparent ease with which Europeans have returned to these abominable Anti-Semitic opinions only 70 years after the Holocaust.