Sep 17, 2022

Twitter sued by Dutch town Bodegraven-Reeuwijk over paedophilia rumour

A Dutch town has taken Twitter to court over the spread of a conspiracy theory claiming it was once home to a ring of Satan-worshipping paedophiles. The claims have prompted dozens of people to travel to the town's Vrederust cemetery to leave flowers and tributes at the graves of seemingly random dead children. Last year, the same court ordered the three original men to remove all tweets about the town, but the claims continue to circulate. The town's lawyer, Cees van de Sanden, said Twitter had not responded to a request in July that it find and remove all posts related to the claims. The three men behind the claims are currently serving jail sentences following convictions in separate cases for incitement and making death threats against a number of people, including Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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