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Fear of mum made tweeter apologise

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

Student Oliver Rawlings posted offensive sexual messages on Twitter — but it was the fear of his mother being dragged into the subsequent row that led him to issue a grovelling apology.

The former Habonim Dror group leader was publicly humiliated this week after sending the tweets to historian Mary Beard.

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Antisemitic tweets target Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2013

Dozens of antisemitic messages have been posted on Twitter aimed at Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

The tweets highlighted Mr Levy's Jewish background and commented on his business acumen at the Premier League club.

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Twitter defeat on hate ‘likely to be one-off’

By Josh Jackman and Shirli Sitbon, July 19, 2013

Lawyers are arguing that Twitter’s compliance with a French court order to release the details of users who posted antisemitic tweets is unlikely set a worldwide precedent.

British media lawyer Simon Gallant said the social media company had been “dragged kicking and screaming to comply” and that “they will do their utmost to resist other applications from other places.

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Twitter hands over details of hate tweeters

By Sandy Rashty, July 12, 2013

The identities of people who posted antisemitic messages on Twitter have been disclosed after a year-long legal row between the French Union of Jewish Students and the American social media site.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the details of users who posted hate messages had been handed over to French authorities. It is not yet known how many users have been reported.

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Twitter criticised over hate speech case

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Twitter has no plans to abandon attempts to overturn a ruling that it must reveal details of users who tweeted antisemitic messages, despite the decision of a French court to refuse an appeal by the company.

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Heroine’s diary goes on Twitter

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2013

The secret diary of a college lecturer who helped in the operation smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied France is being published on Twitter.

For 40 years, Madeleine Blaess kept tight-lipped about her time as a student trapped in wartime Paris.

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Twitter ordered to reveal hate tweeters

By Orlando Radice, June 13, 2013

A French appeal court has rejected a bid by Twitter to withhold details of users accused of posting antisemitic messages.

The company was ordered to hand over the data after France's Union of Jewish Students and four human rights groups filed a complaint against Twitter over a wave of antisemitic hashtags and messages that appeared on the site in October 2012.

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Wrong arm (and wrist) of the law

By Peter Rosengard, May 6, 2013

The editor has had quite a week. He tweeted: "I've had car vandalised, been pick-pocketed and had pram stolen from locked car. In leafy suburbia." And "the police don't give a damn".

I am of course hugely sympathetic but it could have been worse. It did at least ebb and flow over the whole week and didn't erupt in one great, cataclysmic, criminal episode.

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Twitter faces £33m suit over hate messages

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2013

Social networking site Twitter is facing a £33 million lawsuit for refusing to divulge the identities of antisemitic users.

The site is being sued by the Union of French Jewish Students (UEJF ) for ignoring a court ruling to hand over details of the users.

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Mira Bar-Hillel: 'agents of Israel' attacked me for criticisms of the government

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2013

A leading property journalist has defended remarks made during a Twitter row in which she admitted being prejudiced towards Jews.

Mira Bar-Hillel, the property and planning correspondent at London’s Evening Standard newspaper, said she believed attacks on her were being co-ordinated by “agents of Israel” and the Jewish community in response to her criticisms of the Israeli government.

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