France investigates Twitter over homophobic tweets
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Twitter could soon face an order to hand over details of authors of anti-gay hate messages to French authorities, following a complaint by a French gay-rights group.
French prosecutors have launched an investigation into an alleged homophobic tweets, some using hashtags such as #gaysmustdisappear and #letsburngays
LGBT rights group, the Idaho Committee, filed a complaint following a deluge of abusive messages and hashtags appeared on the social network on 10-11 August.
The complaint alleged the messages amount to incitement to discrimination and hatred, a crime in France, and that Twitter failed to respond seriously to alerts about them.
A French judicial source confirmed Wednesday that a Paris court had opened an investigation into the charges.
Caroline Mécory, a lawyer representing the Idaho committee, told RFI that she hopes Twitter cooperates with the investigators.
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