Dutch town sues Twitter over Satanic conspiracy theory

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Dutch town sues Twitter over satanic conspiracy theory

Several stories are circulating on Twitter in connection with an alleged criminal group in Bodegraven-Reeuwijk.

The small Dutch town of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk has sued Twitter to get all tweets relating to a conspiracy theory about it removed.

< p class="e-p">Since 2020, three men have been tweeting unsubstantiated stories of child abuse and murder in Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, a town of around 35,000 people in the west of the Netherlands.

According to Reuters, these people falsely claim that a fanatical Satanic pedophile group was active in the city during the 1980s.

Stories began circulating after a man shared childhood memories of a group of people who abused Bodegraven. Netizens who saw the tweets took to the local cemetery to lay flowers and leave messages at the graves of children who were allegedly victimized by the satanic group.

The three men behind the rumor are currently in prison for other legal matters, including death threats against Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and former Health Minister Hugo de Jonge.

Last year, the court ordered the men to take down all their posts related to these stories and make sure they don't resurface. The theories discussed continue to circulate, however.

If conspiracy theorists do not take down their posts, then the platforms concerned must act, said Cees van de Zandan, the lawyer representing the city, to the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.

In July, the lawyer claimed that the city of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk had asked Twitter to trace and delete all messages relating to fake allegations, but that he was still awaiting a response from the social network.

With information from BBC, and Insider

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