Tweet Me Not – Keeping Identities Private?

This New York Times article discusses a French court order that told Twitter to disclose the identity of people who had made anti-Semitic and racist entries on the network. Apparently the postings had broken a French law against racist speech. Twitter has removed the posts, however will only identify the people in response to a court order from the United States.

Twitter does not have an office in France and is not liable there, unlike companies like Facebook and Google, which have had these problems. Google, for example, receives thousands of requests each month for personal data.

In 2011, British authorities won a court case in California and Twitter had to identify a user who had posted libels against members of a British town council.


Should there be some kind of universal Internet content rules put in place by say the United Nations?

Should foreign nations worry that US social networking companies have so much data on their citizens the US government could potentially use?

Should Twitter set up a button where one can flag illegal content?


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