French court convicts 3 people for anti-gay Twitter posts

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – JURIST reported that a criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The twitters received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as “let’s burn the gays,” and “the gays must die.”


Twitter has yet to comment on the case, but has shown support [Numerama report, in French] for the French initiative to end hate speech by removing hashtags with homophobic key words from the trending page and by providing user information to French officials.



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