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French anti-Semitic tweets removed by Twitter

French anti-Semitic tweets removed by Twitter

Twitter has removed a host of anti-Semitic tweets, following the emergence of an unsavoury trending hashtag in France.

The social network has deleted a flood of offensive tweets posted with the #unbonjuif (#agoodjew) hashtag, following protests from the Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF).

The group provided Twitter with a list of posts they wanted taken down, many evoking images of the Holocaust, and are believed to have threatened legal action had the social network failed to comply.

UEJF, which says it has scored an "important victory", is still pressing Twitter to release the identities of the offending posters so they can be dealt with by the authorities.

Freedom of discrimination?

Twitter has, in the past, resisted calls for it to police the postings of its users, saying it does not wish to impede freedom of expression.

However, the company has come under pressure in Europe to ensure its user-base does not contravene the stringent anti-discrimination laws across the EU.

On Thursday last week, the social network used its 'Country Withheld Content' functionality for the first time, to prevent the postings of a German Neo-Nazi group being viewed in that nation.

The feature does not stop the postings being viewed in other countries.

Microsoft Surface deliveries will not be delayed in UK, after all

Microsoft Surface deliveries will not be delayed in UK, after all

Microsoft has confirmed that UK pre-order customers will still receive the Surface RT tablet next week, despite informing customers that the release had been delayed until November.

Amid reports that initial stocks had been held at UK customs, the company emailed early adopters to tell them that the Windows 8 slate would arrive on November 2, rather than the initial October 26 release date.

However, Microsoft has since admitted that the email was sent to international customers in error and said everyone should expect to receive the device on the date originally quoted in their order.

Apologies for inconvenience

"All customers should expect their devices by the original date given when orders were placed," Microsoft said in a statement.

"Microsoft is following up with customers to confirm their original shipping date remains unchanged, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused."

A lot rides on the success of the Microsoft Surface, which runs on an ARM chipset and uses the new Windows RT operating system, so it's great news that delays won't blight the launch.


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