Thanks to a ruling made today by a French court, Twitter is once again time going to be forced to take a decision on how far they will go to defend the privacy rights of its users. Twitter must turn over the identities of users behind a specific set of tweets; the court ruled that after they had been judged to be in violation of French anti-hate speech laws, this action should be taking.
Twitter must provide the identities of the requested users, as accordance with French law, ruled by the court today. After that Twitter responded only that they are reviewing the decision. Twitter absolutely holds back the right to give up any information it holds on users if requested by a court order or by law enforcement. But they have, as a minimum in the past, gone to bat to defend user privacy when they sense some government overreach.
Free speech advocates last year Twitter faced backlash they blocked a neo-Nazi account – but in Germany only. It was the first time that Twitter had made use of a “power” that it gave itself last year, they saw fit the power to locally censor content.
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