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Twitter, Facebook Sued by French Jewish Group Over Hate Speech

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Timothy Corn

Together with an anti-racism and an anti-homophobia group, UEJF published a report earlier this month showing Twitter, Facebook and Google s YouTube deleted only a small number of posts flagged as hateful, threatening or promoting violence.Over the course of about six weeks in April and May, members of French anti-discrimination groups flagged unambiguous hate speech that promoted racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism.

Over 90 percent of the posts pointed out to Twitter and YouTube remained online within 15 days on average following requests for removal, according to the study by UEJF, SOS Racisme and SOS Homophobie.

There needs to be more moderation, but it s complicated and expensive, Gilles Clavreul, the delegate to France s prime minister on fighting racism and anti-Semitism, said this week on French radio, after the research was published.

Criticism has amplified since terror attacks in Paris last year, with administrations from the U.K. to the U.S. calling on Silicon Valley companies for help in the fight against terrorism.Representatives for Twitter and Facebook didn t immediately respond to requests for comment.

A representative for Google in Paris said the company had no comment.According to the report, the content still online includes a comment on Facebook saying that homosexuals are disgusting; a YouTube video that uses a derogatory term for black people and said go back home you apes; and a Twitter post that applauded the Brussels attacks and stated Death to the Jews.

I think there isn t enough money put in and the moderators aren t necessarily prepared appropriately for the challenge.

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