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 A Dutch court on Tuesday rejected calls from the town of Bodegraven Reeuwijk for Twitter TWTR N to do more to tackle posts about unfounded allegations The unfounded allegation was that a ring of Satan worshipping paedophiles were active in the town in the 1980s The District Court in The Hague concluded that the social media giant had done enough to remove unlawful content about the Bodegraven story from its platform referring among other things to the permanent suspension of a Twitter account that contained defamatory and inflammatory tweets about the story However the town of around 35 000 inhabitants last month took Twitter to court and demanded it took down all messages related to unfounded stories of children being abused and murdered in Bodegraven decades ago Maenwhile the stories had made Bodegraven the focus of conspiracy theories on social media since 2020 with strangers flocking to the local graveyard to lay flowers and write messages at the graves of dead children The court said it would not order Twitter to remove other tweets relating to the stories from other accounts but did tell the company to respond immediately to concrete removal requests from Bodegraven Reeuwijk Twitter had argued it was impossible to create a good filter to find Bodegraven stories that would not affect legal content It added that the three men accused of instigating the Bodegraven story were currently in jail after being convicted in other court cases for incitement and making death threats to people including Prime Minister Mark Rutte and former health minister Hugo de Jonge NewsSourceCredit NAN
Court backs Twitter over complaint from conspiracy-plagued Dutch town

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A Dutch court on Tuesday rejected calls from the town of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk for Twitter (TWTR.

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The unfounded allegation was that a ring of Satan-worshipping paedophiles were active in the town in the 1980s.

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District Court in The Hague

The District Court in The Hague concluded that the social media giant had “done enough to remove unlawful content about the ‘Bodegraven story’ from its platform,’’ referring, among other things, to the permanent suspension of a Twitter account that contained defamatory and inflammatory tweets about the story.

However, the town of around 35,000 inhabitants last month took Twitter to court and demanded it took down all messages related to unfounded stories of children being abused and murdered in Bodegraven decades ago.

Maenwhile, the stories had made Bodegraven the focus of conspiracy theories on social media since 2020, with strangers flocking to the local graveyard to lay flowers and write messages at the graves of dead children.

The court said it would not order Twitter to remove other tweets relating to the stories from other accounts, but did tell the company to respond immediately to concrete removal requests from Bodegraven-Reeuwijk.

Twitter had argued it was impossible to create a good filter to find Bodegraven stories that would not affect legal content.

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It added that the three men accused of instigating the Bodegraven story were currently in jail after being convicted in other court cases for incitement and making death threats to people including Prime Minister Mark Rutte and former health minister Hugo de Jonge.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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