Germany accuses Twitter of not cracking down on anti-Semitic content

Today, January 25, the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) and the non-profit organization HateAid filed in the district court of Berlin, a lawsuit against Twitter. The plaintiffs accuse the service of not sufficiently moderating content that promotes hate speech, in particular anti-Semitic content. The lawsuit cites several tweets that were not removed by the service after complaints of anti-Semitism in them, including Holocaust denial.

“Twitter has not lived up to our trust. By allowing hate content to be distributed, a company cannot protect users, including Jews. What starts online does not end there… If Jews are forced out of the virtual space due to anti-Semitism and digital violence, they will become invisible in an important place for society,” said EUJS head Avital Grinberg in connection with the lawsuit.

Twitter has not yet commented on the lawsuit. Since its purchase by billionaire Elon Musk, the service has been repeatedly criticized for easing moderation rules - in particular, Twitter unlocked account of former US President Donald Trump, as well as refused from fighting misinformation about COVID-19.

Yana Rozhdestvenskaya

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