Twitter has reportedly handed over data in order to identify users who posted racist tweets on the site’s French network in October 2012. According to BBC, Twitter had earlier fought a legal suit filed by France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) to find out who was behind the tweets, however Twitter failed the battle and agreed to give out the data. The Union had asked Twitter to delete the posts as they broke the French laws that prohibit the incitement of racial hatred.
Although the posts were deleted soon afterwards, UEJF along with four other anti-racism groups asked Twitter to give out specific user details to which Twitter denied and the groups launched a 50 million dollars lawsuit. Twitter said that it has also agreed to work together with the groups to combat racism and anti-Semitism in the future adding that it has also put in place the systems that would make it easier to request ID details on people who abused its service.