After lawsuit threat, Twitter to pull racist posts
By LORI HINNANT Associated Press October 19, 2012 10:08AM
PARIS — A French Jewish group that threatened a lawsuit against Twitter says the social network has agreed to pull tweets under a pair of hash tags that spawned more than a week of racist and anti-Semitic posts.
The group, the French Union of Jewish Students, held a conference call Thursday night with Twitter executives in California, the same day the social network blocked an account of a banned German neo-Nazi group at the behest of local authorities.
The anti-Semitic tweets in French, which started Oct. 10, included slurs and photos evoking the Holocaust, including one of a pile of ash. They were followed by similar, anti-Muslim tweets.
In Germany on Thursday, Twitter blocked the neo-Nazi’s account in Germany.
The French-language tweets came from hundreds of users.