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French court orders Twitter to provide details of its effort in tackling hate speech.

The court has ordered Twitter to provide all the documents regarding its efforts towards handling racism, sexism, and hate speech on its platform.

The court has ordered Twitter to provide all the documents regarding its efforts towards handling racism, sexism, and hate speech on its platform.On July 6, 2021, Reuters reported that a French court ordered Twitter to provide details on its works to combat racism, sexism, and other forms of hate speech on its platform.

According to the report, six anti-discrimination groups UEJF, SOS Racisme, the Licra, J'accuse, SOS Homophobie, and the Mrap, took Twitter to court in 2020, accusing the social media giant of "long-term and persistent" failures in blocking hateful comments from the site.

According to a report by France 24, the court has asked the microblogging site to grant the campaign groups full access to all documents relating to the company's efforts to tackle hate speech since May 2020. The ruling applies to Twitter's global operation, not just France.

Meanwhile, a press release by the Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) said that Twitter would have to take responsibility by giving importance to ethics rather than profit and international expansion. UEJF was one among the groups to campaign against homophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism.

Speaking on the court order, a Twitter spokesperson told AFP that their absolute priority is to "assure the security of people" using the platform and that they commit to "building a safer internet, to combatting online hate, and to improving the serenity of public discourse," France 24 reported.

The court has given two months to comply with the verdict, which also said it must reveal how many moderators it employs in France to examine posts flagged as hateful and data based on their process. Thus, we mark the claim as true.

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