Gay rights group files complaint against Twitter over homophobia
PARIS, France (AFP) - A group fighting homophobia has filed a complaint against Twitter for incitement to hatred following a stream of anti-gay tweets on its French site at the weekend, a lawyer told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Tuesday.
The Idaho Committee's French branch lodged a complaint in Paris after tweets appeared on Saturday and Sunday with hashtags entitled "gays must disappear" and "let's burn gays", lawyer Felicite-Esther Zeifman told AFP.
"These illicit tweets on Twitter's site characterise the offence of public incitement to discrimination, to hatred or national, racial or religious violence," read the complaint seen by AFP.
"Despite alerts, Twitter allowed a homophobic atmosphere to develop on the social network and gave no serious response" to the tweets, the group said on Monday when it announced it would complain.