Twitter in hot water over ‘#letsburngays’


A group fighting homophobia has filed a complaint against Twitter for incitement to hatred following a stream of anti-gay tweets on its French site at the weekend, a lawyer said Tuesday.

The IDAHO Committee’s French branch lodged a complaint in Paris after tweets appeared Saturday and Sunday tagged with #gaysmustdisappear and #letsburngays, lawyer Felicite-Esther Zeifman said.

“These illicit tweets on Twitter’s site characterize the offense of public incitement to discrimination, to hatred or national, racial or religious violence,” read the complaint.