Oct 4, 2022

Dutch town Bodegraven-Reeuwijk loses Twitter paedophilia rumour case

A Dutch town has lost a court case seeking action by Twitter to stop the spread of a conspiracy theory saying it once hosted a satanic paedophile ring. A Dutch judge said Twitter had done enough to remove unlawful content about the story. In giving its judgement, The Hague district 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 specific removal requests from the town. Twitter had argued it was impossible to create a good filter to find Bodegraven stories that would not affect legal content. The three men accused of instigating the Bodegraven story are currently in jail after being convicted in other court cases for incitement and making death threats to people including Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and former health minister Hugo de Jonge.

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