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Twitter appeals French court’s decision on hate speech

Twitter has appealed a French court ruling that ordered activists full access to all of its relevant documents over efforts to fight hate speech, lawyers and a judicial source said on Saturday.

In July, a French court ordered Twitter to give six French anti-discrimination groups full access to all documents related to the company’s efforts to combat hate speech since May 2020. The decision applies not only to France, but to Twitter’s global operations as well.

Twitter has appealed the decision and a hearing is set for December 9, 2021, a judicial source told AFP, confirming information released by the groups’ lawyers.

Twitter and its lawyers declined to comment.

The July order said Twitter must hand over “all administrative, contractual, technical or commercial documentation” of resources assigned to fighting homosexuality, racist and sexist discourse on the site, as well as “crimes against humanity”. Forgives” details of the offense. .

It also said Twitter would have to disclose how many moderators it employs in France, which scrutinizes the data on posts marked as hateful and the posts they process.

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The July ruling gave the San Francisco-based company two months to comply. Twitter can seek suspension pending the appeal.

Six anti-discrimination groups took Twitter to court in France last year, accusing the US social media giant of “long-term and persistent” failures to block hate comments from the site.

The groups campaign against homophobia, racism and anti-Semitism.

Twitter’s Hateful Conduct Policy prohibits users from promoting or threatening or attacking violence based on their race, religion, gender identity or disability, as well as other forms of discrimination.

Like other social media giants, it allows users to report posts they believe are disgusting, and employs moderators to investigate the content.

But anti-discrimination groups have long complained that loopholes in the policy allow hateful comments to remain online in many cases.

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