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Top police commissioner resigns after 'Nazism' retweet

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2013

A deputy police and crime commissioner has resigned after sending a Tweet that appeared to compare political opponents to Nazis.

Rachel Frosh, who began work in the role in Hertfordshire last December, retweeted a message which stated: “Dear #Socialists, embrace your inner #Nazism” earlier this month.

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Rise in antisemitism makes 2012 third worst year on record

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2013

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose slightly last year, making 2012 the third worst year on record.

Figures released by the Community Security Trust show there were 640 reported attacks against Jews, up from 608 the previous year and representing a national increase of five per cent year-on-year.

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Should Twitter block hate speech?

By Robin Shepherd and Mike Whine, January 31, 2013

NO - ROBIN SHEPHERD

True defenders of free speech will have mixed feelings about recent discussions over social media’s responsibility to police “hate speech”, made ever more relevant by last week’s ruling against Twitter by the Grand Instance Court in Paris.

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Court orders Twitter to help identify racist users

By Orlando Radice, January 25, 2013

A Paris court has ordered Twitter to hand over to the police whatever data it has on the identities of those who circulated antisemitic tweets last autumn.

The case was brought against Twitter by the French Jewish student union after the hashtag ‘#UnBonJuif’ (“a good Jew") became the third most popular in France for several hours on October 10 last year.

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Student pleads guilty to racist Twitter posts

By John Jeffay, January 11, 2013

A student who tweeted “just gas them all” to a Jewish teenager has admitted sending racially aggravated messages.

Alexander Paul Holloway, 19, sent antisemitic tweets because he “didn’t like what Israel was doing in Palestine”, Chester Magistrates Court has heard.

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Board of Deputies treasurer Brass tweets and deletes

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

The treasurer of the Board of Deputies has been rebuked for publishing two messages on Twitter which may have been in contempt of court.

Asylum judge Laurence Brass, a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, made the remarks about a trial which is due to start in January next year.

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French students look to sue twitter

By JC Reporter, December 6, 2012

Jewish students in France have launched legal action to force Twitter to reveal the details of people who posted a slew of antisemitic messages.

The Union of Jewish Students said it had already forced the social networking site to remove slurs appearing under the hashtags ‘#unbonjuif’ and ‘#unjuifmort’ — meaning “a good Jew” and “a dead Jew”.

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Balanced reactions are vital

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

Last weekend's North London derby was enjoyable, and not merely because it saw Arsenal's second consecutive home victory over Spurs. It was that, for a welcome period, my Twitter and Facebook pages were filled with something other than talk of Israel and Gaza.

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Israel confirms Gaza military campaign on Twitter first

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Even as initial reports of Operation Pillar of Defence were filtering through, it was pointed out that this could be the first time an official military campaign had been confirmed on Twitter.

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Twitter blocks neo-Nazi account

By Sahar Zivan, October 18, 2012

Social networking site Twitter has blocked users in Germany from viewing a Neo-Nazi account, the site’s general counsel Alex Macgillivray has announced.

Commenting on the decision, Mr Macgillivray said: “Never want to withhold content; good to have tools to do it narrowly and transparently.”

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