Facebook, Youtube and Twitter sued for ‘failure to remove homophobic content’

France’s largest anti-racism group, its Jewish students’ union and a gay rights movement are suing three social media networks for failing to remove racist, anti-semitic and homophobic content.

In a joint statement on Sunday, the Union of Jewish Students, SOS Racisme and SOS Homophobie said they were taking legal action against Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

The groups found “586 examples of content that is racist, anti-semitic or homophobic, denies the Holocaust or seeks to justify terrorism or crimes against humanity” in a social media survey they carried out from March 31 to May 10.

Denying the Holocaust and justifying terrorism are crimes in France, as is propagating racist, anti-semitic or homophobic messages.