Dutch town sues Twitter over Satanic conspiracy theory

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.

The stories started circulating after a man shared childhood memories concerning a group of people who committed abuses in 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.

Men known to the authorities

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. However, the theories evoked continue to circulate.

If Conspiracy Theorists Won’t Take Down Their Posts, Then Affected Platforms Must ActCees van de Zandan, the lawyer representing the city, told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.

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

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