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Twitter faces legal challenge after failing to remove reported hate tweets

By Jason Burke

10 Jul 2023 · 8 min read

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  1. Twitter faces a legal challenge for failing to remove a series of antisemitic and racist tweets reported by users, potentially setting a new standard for online antisemitism scrutiny.

Twitter faces a landmark legal challenge after the social media giant failed to remove a series of hate-filled tweets reported by users in what could be a turning point in establishing new standards of scrutiny regarding online antisemitism.

The California-based company, owned since last year by Elon Musk, was alerted to six antisemitic or otherwise racist tweets in January this year by researchers at HateAid, a German organisation that campaigns for human rights in the digital space, and the European Union of Jewish Students EUJS but did not remove them from its platform despite the tweets apparently clearly contravening its own moderation policy.

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