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Twitter will have to provide complete information on what the American social network is implementing in France to combat hate speech, the Paris Court of Appeal decided on Thursday, confirming the judgment rendered at first instance.
The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed, Thursday, January 20, a decision of the criminal court which had ordered Twitter in July to detail its means of combating online hatred.
In its judgment, the Court of Appeal confirms the judgment at first instance and also condemns Twitter to pay 1,500 euros in damages to several associations, including SOS Racisme, the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra) and SOS Homophobia.
In July 2021, the Paris Criminal Court ordered Twitter international, a company governed by Irish law, to communicate “any administrative, contractual, technical or commercial document relating to the material and human resources implemented” to “fight against the dissemination of offenses of advocating crimes against humanity, incitement to racial hatred, hatred against persons on the basis of their sex”.
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The company also had to detail “the number, location, nationality, language of the people assigned to the processing of reports from users of the French platform”, “the number of reports”, “the criteria and the number of subsequent withdrawals [ainsi que] the amount of information transmitted to the competent public authorities, in particular to the public prosecutor’s office”.
Twitter had appealed this decision.
Six associations – SOS Racisme, the Licra, SOS Homophobia, the Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF), J’accuse! Action internationale pour la justice (AIPJ) and the MRAP – had summoned the social network before the Paris court in May 2020, considering that the company was “old and persistent” in breach of its obligations of moderation.