A Good Jew Hashtag
in October 2012, the French Twitter hashtag #Unbonjuif (“A Good Jew”) began to trend as thousands of Twitter users began what Le Monde, the French daily newspaper, described as “a competition of anti-Semitic jokes”, with examples such as “A good Jew is a dead Jew”.
Anti-semitic image posted by Serre Fion 8-9, a Twitter user participating in the #Unbonjuif hashtag
Twitter is increasingly running up against European anti-discrimination laws, many of which date back to the aftermath of the Holocaust as governments realised the potential for hate speech to transform into genocide. Twitter’s censorship of the hashtag marks a new stage for the social media platform that has previously refused efforts to expose its rogue users.
Twitter user, Marcel Leblanc trivialises a Holocaust victim in his #Unbonjuif tweet.
Twitter’s policies require international users to comply with local laws regarding acceptable online conduct. French law forbids all discrimination based on ethnicity, nationality, race or religion. Twitter’s inactivity regarding the hashtag prompted the Union of Jewish French Students to threaten to sue Twitter for ignoring French laws regarding hate speech. Twitter subsequently removed the anti-Semitic tweets with the offending hashtag, only to be accused of hindering freedom of expression.
An example of Rosen’s contention that users can regulate social media for themselves.
Want to know more about the #Unbonjuif scandal? Click here to read about the tension between free speech and regulation.