Twitter embroiled in France’s anti-gay trending controversy


In France, pro-LGBT groups have announced that they will file a lawsuit against Twitter after the hashtag “#GaysMustDie” was the country’s most trending topic over last weekend, reports

French gay rights group, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), said on August 12 that its members will sue Twitter in a effort to reveal the specific users of the website who used the hashtag. They hope to then hand the information to authorities in France to investigate alleged breaches of the nation’s hate speech laws.

“We support free expression, and we understand that there are some people who simply don’t like gay people, but this is a call for the extermination of the gay community,” said IDAHO member Alexander Marcel.

“Twitter hasn’t deleted a single homophobic tweet, nor removed a single homophobic hashtag from its list of most popular trending terms,” he added.

Two further hashtags are reported to have emerged in France over the weekend, “#TeamHomophobes” and “#LetsBurnGayPeople”.


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