A court in Paris, France, recently found three people guilty of anti-gay hate crimes for posting the hashtag â€śletâ€™s burn the gays on...â€ť (#brĂ»lonslesgayssurdu) on Twitter in August 2013.
ComitĂ© Idaho, a French LGBT organization, filed complaints against the three Twitter users for inciting hatred and violence based on sexual orientation, reports The Independent.
One defendant was fined the equivalent of $336, while the other two were fined $560.
â€śItâ€™s a significant victory, but itâ€™s a small amount to pay for calling for the death of homosexuals," Alexandre Marcel, president of the ComitĂ© Idaho, told TheLocal.Fr.
Apparently, it's common for LGBT groups in France to monitor and report anti-gay hashtags. In response, Twitter removes the hashtags from its trending list.
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"Weâ€™re positive that this will send out the message that the internet is not a place with no rules where you can do whatever you want," added Yohann Roszewitch, president of SOS Homophobie, another LGBT organization that reports anti-gay tweets.
Sources: The Independent, TheLocal.Fr
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