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Twitter blocks anti-Semitic posts

PARIS — Hours after Twitter blocked access to the account of an outlawed neo-Nazi group to users in Germany, the company agreed to remove anti-Semitic Twitter posts that were proliferating in France under the hashtag unbonjuif, or ‘‘a good Jew,’’ a French Jewish group announced Friday.

The agreement was announced by lawyers for the Union of Jewish Students of France, who had a conference call with Twitter representatives in California on Thursday evening. The posts had produced increasing criticism and outrage over the last week from the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France and from SOS Racisme, a lobbying group that decried a ‘‘wave of feverish hatred.’’ Some of the posts had been removed as of Friday evening.

The anti-Semitic posts sometimes included photos from the Holocaust and a variety of jokes. There were also anti-Muslim posts.

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Several Twitter users criticized the decision to delete the posts, calling it censorship.

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Asked for comment, Twitter referred The Times to its standard policy statement: ‘‘Twitter does not mediate content. If we are alerted to content that may be in violation of our terms of service, we will investigate each report and respond according to the policies and procedures outlined in our support pages.’’

In Germany on Thursday, Twitter applied a policy known as ‘‘country-withheld content,’’ which allows it to block an account at the request of state authorities. The neo-Nazi group had been banned by the government of Lower Saxony.

New York Times